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Report ranks 50 most valuable U.S. retail brands

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Best Buy and CVS took top honors in Interbrand’s annual ranking of the 50 most valuable U.S. retail brands. The U.S. brands are valued in collaboration with Interbrand Design Forum, the retail experience group within Interbrand.

Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Coach, Amazon.com, and Dell, rounded out the Top 10. Newcomers to this year’s rankings included Publix, Ross Dress for Less, Toys “R” Us, Dollar Tree, Anthropologie, and Michael’s. Companies that fell off the list included Buckle, Abercrombie & Fitch, J.C. Penney, Rent A Center and Advance Auto Parts.

The U.S. brands study is part of Interbrand’s 2011 Best Retail Brands report, which ranks the top retail brands from the United States, Asia Pacific, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Spain. In the United States, the study notes that brand-led companies have proved resilient, responding rapidly to the downturn while taking advantage of its opportunities.

“In the past year, the best performing brands demonstrated their ability to understand customers, and have found innovative ways to strengthen the relationship with their core customers,” said Bruce Dybvad, CEO, Interbrand Design Forum.

The report identifies three emerging trends for 2011:

  • Customer’s demand for a more seamless retail experience.
  • The need for human touch in all interactions.
  • An increasingly interrelated global retail market.

Click here to read the full study.

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More food competition from Target

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The PFresh initiative at Target, which results in the addition of fresh food and an expanded offering of consumables, arrived in more Target discount stores last month, further elevating the competitiveness with Walmart supercenters.

Target stores in markets such as Charlotte, Columbus, Portland, Fresno, Norfolk and New Orleans received the PFresh upgrade. In Charlotte, four store remodels were completed with three new stores slated to open during June and July. In Columbus, one remodel was completed with three new stores opening in the area this summer. In California, a total of six remodels were completed in the communities of Fresno, Visalia, Riverbank, Oakland, Hollister and Watsonville, and new store openings planned for this summer will be located in Visalia, Clovis, Porterville, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Turlock, Lodi and Pleasant Hill. Two store remodels were complete in Portland with three openings planned for this summer. In the New Orleans area, one store remodel will be completed with three openings planned for this summer. In Virginia, three remodels were completed in the Chesapeake area and five new stores are planned for this summer in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.

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More competition on the dollar store front

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Family Dollar is at the midpoint of its fiscal year, and on track to open a total of 300 new stores, the company announced in conjunction with the release of it second-quarter financial results. Dollar stores have emerged as a key competitive threat to Walmart as they have beefed up assortments of food and consumables and their abundant stores are often more convenient than Walmart’s supercenters. A few weeks earlier, Dollar General said it would open 625 stores during it fiscal year.

Dollar General is on track to operate a total of 10,000 units by this time next year while Family Dollar is poised to surpass 7,000 units by the end of its current fiscal year. The company’s profit durng is second quarter ended Feb. 27 grew by nearly 10% to $123.2 million and sales advanced 8.3% to nearly $2.3 billion. Earnings per share for the period increased 21% to 98 cents compared with 81 cents in the second quarter the prior year.

“Over the last several years, we have accelerated capability-building investments and increased our efforts to improve the in-store shopping experience. These investments have provided a solid foundation for the successful launch of our strategic plan to re-accelerate revenue growth, expand operating margins and optimize our capital structure,” said Howard Levine, chairman and CEO of Family Dollar. “Our performance year-to-date illustrates that we are effectively leveraging these enhanced capabilities and executing well against our business plan and delivering superior value for shareholders.”

The second-quarter saw the company again produce solid same-store sales growth of 5.1%, which it said was almost entirely the result of more customers shopping its stores as determined by the number of transactions. A modest increase in the value of the average customer transaction also contributed to the comp gain. Sales during the quarter were strongest in the consumable and seasonal categories, according to the company.

The rate of profitability improved slightly, as Family Dollar’s gross margins for the second quarter were 35.7% compared with 35.4% the prior year due largely to less shrinkage, which more than offset higher transportation costs. The shrinkage reduction occurred even though average inventories per store increased by 10% as Family Dollar stocked up on consumables. The company’s expense rate was essentially flat with the prior year at 26.82% compared with 26.77%.

Looking forward to the back half of its fiscal year Family Dollar is expecting continued growth and improved profits. Third-quarter and full-year comps are projected to be in the range of 5% to 7%. Third-quarter earnings per share are forecast in the range of 92 cents to 97 cents, compared to 77 cents last year and full year profitability is projected to be $3.13 to $3.23 a share compared with $2.62 last year.

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