Stacy Mitchell Talks Walmart & Challenging Corporate Power on WNUR’s This Is Hell!

Date: 26 Aug 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this 30-minute interview on “This Is Hell!”, recently voted Chicago’s best talk radio show, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell talks about how Walmart is undermining the American economy and why being more engaged citizens, rather than better consumers, is the best way to counter corporate power. … Read More

Puerto Rico Okays Wal-Mart Acquisition

Date: 1 Apr 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small business owners are crying foul over an agreement reached between the Puerto Rican government and Wal-Mart. The deal allows Wal-Mart to proceed with its purchase of an island supermarket chain, which will give it control of 40 percent of Puerto Rico’s grocery sales. Last year Wal-Mart won approval from the Federal Trade Commission to purchase the Amigo supermarket chain. Puerto Rican officials said the deal violated local antitrust laws and sued to block the merger. … Read More

Supermarket Concentration Harms Farmers and Consumers

Date: 1 Feb 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Supermarket chains in the northeast are using their market power to reap record profits on milk at the expense of both dairy farmers and consumers, according to a new report. The findings are fueling legislative efforts in several New England states to rein in the power of grocery chains. One proposal in Maine would tax big box retailers to support dairy farms.… Read More

Wal-Mart’s Bid to Buy Bank Blocked

Date: 1 Nov 2002 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A coalition of consumer groups, unions, independent banks, credit unions, and realtors managed a legislative feat in California last month when they pushed through an 11th hour bill to block Wal-Mart’s attempt to acquire a small bank. Wal-Mart filed an application with state regulators in April to buy Franklin Bank of California, an industrial bank with $2.5 million in assets and three employees in Orange County. The new law prohibits non-financial firms from buying state-chartered banks. … Read More

At Borders, Mega Publishers Get the Keys to the Kingdom

Date: 1 Aug 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Leading publishers will be involved in determining which books are carried at Borders Books stores under a new "category management" plan being phased in this year. Under the plan, Borders is assigning each of 250 book categories—ranging from thrillers to romance novels—to one of the top publishers in that category. Borders will provide this "category captain" with detailed sales data for all titles in the category, including those of competitors. … Read More

Video Store Lawsuit Dismissed

Date: 1 Aug 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A federal judge has dismissed all charges in the antitrust case brought by three independent video rental businesses against Blockbuster Video and several major Hollywood studios. The defendants were charged with price discrimination and conspiracy to prevent independent stores from gaining access to the same revenue-sharing deals available to Blockbuster.… Read More

California Bill Aims to Quell Quest for Big Retail

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In every region of the country, chain store developers have successfully played neighboring communities against one another to gain approval for their stores and to exact the biggest tax breaks and public subsidies. But nowhere have city officials been as desperate for sales tax revenue—and thus big box stores, shopping malls, and auto dealerships—than in California, where the competition for retail development has been especially costly and destructive. … Read More

Wal-Mart Settles Predatory Pricing Charge

Date: 1 Oct 2001 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wal-Mart admits no wrongdoing and will not pay a fine in a settlement reached with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection over a predatory pricing complaint filed by the agency last year. The company will, however, face double or triple fines for any future violations, according to the terms of the agreement. The complaint accused Wal-Mart of selling butter, milk, laundry detergent, and other staple goods below cost at stores in Beloit, Oshkosh, Racine, Tomah, and West Bend. … Read More

Booksellers Settle Lawsuit Against Chains

Date: 1 May 2001 | posted in: Retail | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In late April, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) settled its antitrust case against Barnes & Noble and Borders Books for $4.7 million. The lawsuit charged the two chains with using their market power to bully publishers and wholesalers into providing special discounts and favorable terms that were not made available to independent bookstores.… Read More

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