“Things Are Worse” – Dollar Stores’ Startling Admission: Half Of US Consumers Are In Dire Straits
- “Things Are Worse” – Dollar Stores’ Startling Admission: Half Of US Consumers Are In Dire Straits
by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com
If there was any confusion about how the lower half of the US consumer class is doing these days, it was quickly lifted following today’s distressing earnings calls of dollar store titans, Dollar General and Dollar Tree.
Discount retailer Dollar General said it was cutting prices on its most popular items such as bread, eggs and milk, intensifying a price war among already commoditized products with retail giant Wal-Mart Stores to win back falling market share. It shares fell the most on record, plunging by 18% after the company missed on revenue, blaming aggressive competition, lower food prices and reduction in SNAP, or food stamp, coverage in 20 key states.
It’s larger ultra-discount rival Dollar Tree Inc also reported lower-than-expected sales, sending its shares down 10%, the biggest dollar drop decline since going public in 1995.
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