FEATURE ARTICLE: September 1997 (No. 6.6)
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Prepared by Jack Richman,,
1997 Annual National Retail Census
As a follow-up to the 1996 Annual National Retail Census, we are pleased to present the Audits & Surveys 1997 findings. While the introduction to these findings may sound familiar, read on to compare the findings between the two years.
Archeologists and anthropologists have long known that ordinary, seemingly insignificant daily acts such as eating, dressing and shopping reveal a great deal about a society and perhaps where it's headed. From our perspective, the trouble with both disciplines is that however perceptive their findings, the insights come too late. Marketers must sell in the here and now. So, rather than wait for archeology and anthropology to catch up, we decided to share the results of ASW's National Retail Census and hazard a few observations on our findings.
The findings are organized by industry, as follows.
- Apparel Stores (1996) (1997)
- Automotive Retailers (1996) (1997)
- Beauty Shops and Barber Shops (1996) (1997)
- Book Stores (1996) (1997)
- Camera & Photo Supply Stores (1996) (1997)
- Cigar & Tobacco Stores (1996) (1997)
- Drug Stores (1996) (1997)
- Eating & Drinking Establishments (1996) (1997)
- Food Stores (1996) (1997)
- General Merchandise Stores (1996) (1997)
- Hardware & Building Materials (1996) (1997)
- Household Furnishings (1996) (1997)
- Jewelry Stores (1996) (1997)
- Liquor Stores (1996) (1997)
- News Dealers & Newsstands (1996) (1997)
- Sporting Goods Stores (1996) (1997)
- Stationery Stores (1996) (1997)
- Summary Table of all Retail Outlets (1996) (1997)
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About ASW's National Retail Census
Audits & Surveys Worldwide's National Retail Census, now in its 44th year, is the largest, in-person distribution measurement program conducted in the U.S. It is also is the major source of current, reliable information on the number and kinds of stores in the U.S. selling various product categories and specific brands. It's based on Data is gathered through in-person store visits to a national probability sample of 35,000 outlets of all kinds throughout the country in more than 800 different geographic areas.
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