Discount Department Stores Report Summary

SIC Codes: 5311
NAICS Codes: 452112

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms

Discount Department Stores Industry Overview

Excerpt from Discount Department Stores Report

Companies in this industry operate physical retail establishments that sell a wide variety of merchandise, including apparel, groceries, household furnishings, and personal care products. Major companies include Kmart, Target, and Wal-Mart (all based in the US), as well as Carrefour and Groupe Auchan (France), Daiso Japan, Lojas Americanas (Brazil), and METRO AG (Germany).

Competitive Landscape

Population growth and consumer spending drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient supply chain management, effective merchandising, and competitive pricing. Large companies enjoy advantages in purchasing, distribution, and marketing. The US industry is highly concentrated: the eight largest companies account for nearly 100% of industry revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Major products sold include apparel (25% of sales); personal care products (15%); and groceries (10%). Apparel includes women's, men's, and children's. Personal care includes cosmetics and health and beauty products. Other products may include kitchenware and home furnishings; video and audio equipment (TVs, DVD players, stereo systems); and sporting goods. Discount department stores may have in-store pharmacies, photo processing services, or restaurants.

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