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The Impact of Dollar Stores and How Communities Can Fight Back (Fact Sheet)

National dollar store chains, including Dollar General and Dollar Tree, have seen huge growth over the past decade. These stores are also feeding more Americans than Whole Foods is. New research from ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative documents the rapid rise of dollar stores and their damaging effects on the local economies of cities and small towns. Explore our two-page fact sheet to learn more about dollar store impacts and strategies to take action.… Read More

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December 6, 2018

The Ripple Effect When You Shop Local (Infographic)

When you choose locally owned businesses for your shopping, you create a ripple effect. Our new infographic shows what happens when you shop local — starting with you.… Read More

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November 21, 2017

States Where Amazon Collects Sales Tax (Map)

This map shows the states in which Amazon collects sales taxes.… Read More

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February 6, 2017

Before You Click on Amazon, Here’s Why Your Choice Matters (Infographic)

Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs. … Read More

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November 12, 2015

Small Business Loans as a Share of Assets, 2014

Small and mid-sized financial institutions devote a greater share of their assets to small business lending.… Read More

Chart: Small Business Loans as a Share of Assets, 2014.

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April 20, 2015

Small Business Lending by Size of Institution, 2014

In 2014, community-based financial institutions made 60 percent of all small business loans, even though they control only 24 percent of banking assets.… Read More

Chart: Share of Loans Made to Small Businesses, 2014.

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New Maps Show Alarming Pace of Walmart’s Continued Growth

Walmart continues to expand, and rapidly. The company is now embarking on its third historic wave of store construction, with plans to build 440 to 460 “Neighborhood Market” stores over a two year period, presumably with many hundreds more to follow. There is a critical debate to be had right now about whether a company that already captures one-quarter of U.S. grocery sales should be allowed to grow to control one-third, or even half, of our food supply. … Read More

Map: Walmart Square Footage per person in 2014.

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March 23, 2015

Get the Facts on Shopping Local for the Holidays with this Infographic

Independent businesses are poised to draw more people this holiday season.  To illustrate the ways that local businesses are growing in popularity, delivering stronger economic returns, and expanding in numbers, the Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 14 groups coordinated … Read More

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November 14, 2014

Charts: How North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Benefits the State

  Thanks in large part to its Pharmacy Ownership Law, North Dakota outperforms neighboring states and the U.S. as whole on every key measure of pharmacy care.  For more details on the law and its impact, see our 2014 report, … Read More

Chart: Share of Census Tracks Served By Pharmacies

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October 20, 2014

Change in Volume of Bank Loans to Businesses, by Loan Size, 2000-2012

Since 2000, the overall volume of business lending per capita at banks has grown by 26 percent, but this expansion has entirely benefited large businesses. Small business loan volume at banks is down 14 percent and micro business loan volume is down 33 percent. … Read More

Graph: Change in Volume of Bank Loans to Businesses, by Loan Size, 2000-2012

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April 15, 2014

How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)

Walmart now captures $1 of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. It’s on track to claim one-third of food sales within five years. Here’s a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system — triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food.… Read More

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December 1, 2012

Amazon Infographic: How a Single Company Gained a Stranglehold over Online Shopping and the Future of Retail

This infographic tracks how Amazon bullied and swindled its way to becoming one of the most powerful retailers on the planet. On pace to be bigger than Walmart by decade’s end, Amazon already controls more than one-third of online shopping and is growing four times faster than e-commerce overall. … Read More

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June 5, 2012

Are Lightly Regulated States Really More Friendly to Small Businesses?

A new ranking of states based on “small business friendliness” gives low scores to those with more stringent environmental, labor, health & safety, and other regulations. The trouble with this analysis, however, is that many of the supposedly “unfriendly” states are actually home to much larger numbers of small businesses than the “friendly” states. … Read More

Number of Small Firms per 1,000 People, By State

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May 9, 2012

Market Share: Independent vs. Chain Retailers (Graphs)

These graphs illustrate the shifting market share of chain and independent retailers between 1982 and 2007, as well as the growing share of spending captured by Walmart.… Read More

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December 11, 2010

How Big are Big-Box Stores?

Wal-Mart and Target are currently building "supercenters," which combine their usual array of merchandise with a full supermarket and numerous specialty services from cut flowers to eye glasses. Supercenters typically range from 180,000 to 250,000 square feet, or between 4.1 to 5.7 acres. The parking lots that surround these stores are several times the size of the store itself.… Read More

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December 23, 2008

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