Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Private Label Cost Pressure
A good broadly ranging WSJ article. Private label prices are increasing, but they are being increasingly pushed by retailers. (Subscription) " ... Every year, U.S. shoppers buy more generic goods, many of them trading down from more expensive, name-brand labels to save money. But consumers are developing loyalty to store brands for reasons besides price, and that could be a problem for food and consumer-products companies as the economy rebounds. In some cases, consumers even pay more for store brands, many of which have been positioned as gourmet or specialty items. ... "