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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Independent Retailers Outperform Chains Over Holidays, National Survey Finds

"MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Jan. 15, 2009) - In an extremely challenging economic climate, independent retailers are outperforming many chains, a national survey has found.
The survey of 1,142 independent retailers in a wide range categories (books, toys, clothing, etc.) and across all 50 states found that holiday sales at independent stores declined an average of 5.0% from the same time period in 2007. That compares favorably to most competing chains, including Barnes & Noble (- 7.7%), Best Buy (-6.5%), Borders (-14.0%), JC Penney (-8.1%), Macy's (-7.5%), The Gap (-14.0%), and Williams-Sonoma (-24.2%).

This week, the Commerce Department reported that December retail sales overall were down a record 9.8% over December 2007.The survey also found that independent retailers in cities with active "Buy Local" campaigns reported much stronger holiday sales than those in cities without such campaigns. "Buy Local" or "Local First" campaigns have been launched in dozens of cities and towns over the last few years. Independent retailers in these cities reported an average drop in sales of 3.2%, compared to a steeper decline of 5.6% for those in cities without an active Buy Local initiative.

...Ninety-five percent of the retailers surveyed said that the fact that their business is locally owned matters to their customers. That's up from 82% in last year's survey."

Read the complete press release at http://www.ilsr.org/columns/2009/011509.html

The Institute (For Local Self Reliance)’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.


  • It’s so important that successful Buy Local campaigns partner with their city leadership, raising the visibility exponentially while creating additional revenue streams that help offset marketing costs.

    To learn more, read about three towns in England launching such programs, as well as an award-winning Buy Local launch in California:

    Keep pluggin’ away, indies. The world needs every one of you.

    Cinda Baxter
    consultant | speaker | writer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:22 PM  

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