Today's Analysis on Wal-Mart and Target: Discount Variety Stores Reserved Optimism

  Today's Analysis on Wal-Mart and Target: Discount Variety Stores Reserved
                                   Optimism

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 17, 2013

LONDON, January 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

December consumer spending beat expectations according to recent data released
by the Commerce Department. But tax hikes and online competition could pose
challenges to discount variety stores players such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and
Target Corporation. At the close of Wednesday's trading session, StockCall's
analysts compiled free technical research on these top companies and they are
readily available at

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During the month of December, sales rose by 0.5 percent, following a 0.4
percent November improvement, which makes for a relatively strong holiday
season. This time of year is particularly important to retailers such as
discount variety stores, which include giants like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:
WMT) and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), as it can constitute up to 40 percent
of their yearly sales. While the holidays were plagued by concerns regarding
the fiscal cliff it seems that improvements to jobs and home values helped to
boost spending. Sign up today to get our free technical report on Wal-Mart at

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Competition, particularly from online retailers, remains a key issue for the
industry which is renowned for a wide selection and low prices. Over the
holiday season many industry players worked hard to enhance their online
offerings, and some also put in place price matching offers which extended to
online retailers. It seems that these trends are going to remain strong in the
New Year. Target Corporation [ Free Report on TGT ] ^(1) has been able to
deflect the threats from online counterparts to some extent by providing
exclusive products which encourages people to want to visit their stores as
they know they will not find those products through online retailers.

Positive spending figures have been encouraging for the overall industry, but
tax increases could put a damper on things in 2013. The two percent tax hike
is expected to be most keenly felt by middle and lower income families, so
could affect sales at discount variety stores. On the other hand, lower levels
of disposable income could also drive more people in search of a deal, which
would benefit the industry and specifically Wal-Mart which prides itself for
having the lowest prices.

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