New Analysis Refutes Findings of Wal-Mart Price Study

Date: 19 Jun 2006 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last November, the consulting firm Global Insight (GI) released a study that found that Wal-Mart saved U.S. consumers $263 billion in 2004. That works out to $2,329 for the average household — a striking degree of economic benefit. But a rigorous new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit think-tank, concludes that the GI study is “fraught with problems.”
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10 Reasons Why Maine’s Homegrown Economy Matters: And 50 Proven Ways to Revive It

Date: 9 May 2006 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report opens with an overview of research on the impacts of large chain stores and the benefits of locally owned businesses. It then outlines dozens of concrete strategies to rebuild the homegrown economy. Although this report was written for Maine, the strategies are applicable in other states. … Read More

New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers

Date: 13 Aug 2004 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California taxpayers are spending $86 million a year providing healthcare and other public assistance to the state’s 44,000 Wal-Mart employees, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Industrial Relations. The study, "Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs," found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by.… Read More

Supercenters in Southern California: Boon or Bane?

Date: 1 Feb 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Wal-Mart seeks out locations in central Los Angeles and the city council considers a measure that would ban supercenters from much of the city, a debate is brewing concerning the costs and benefits of supercenters for residents of low-income urban neighborhoods. Two dueling studies examining the impact of supercenters in southern California were recently released.

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