Wal-Mart, the largest grocer in the U.S.

The first Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in 1988 in Missouri.  By 1998, Wal-Mart had 441 Supercenters in the U.S. Today, there are 2,907 Supercenters accounting for 77 percent of the 700 million square feet of Wal-Mart retail space in the U.S. Adding groceries was a major factor driving the creation of Supercenters.  The primary motivation was […]

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Wal-Mart Revisited

One again, Wal-Mart ranks #1 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations with total worldwide sales of $443.9 billion. That is more than the combined sales of Costco, Target, Walgreens, Sears, Kroger, Kohl’s and J.C. Penny. During the same period, Wal-Mart’s sales in the U.S. (not including Sam’s Clubs) were $264 billion. The […]

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Living Alone, Part II

Last week’s TGIF highlighted the fact that there are more single person households than households comprised of married couple families with children in sixty-six of Wisconsin’s seventy-two counties. Much of the attention on single person households focuses on people age 65 years and older. In 2010, what percentage of the 669,106 people living alone in […]

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Living Alone

It likely comes as no surprise that there are more single person households in the City of Madison than households comprised of married couples with children.  According to the U.S. Census, 36 percent of Madison households had only one person in 2010.  Only 21 percent of the 102,516 households in the City were comprised of a husband, […]

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Canary in the Coal Mine, Part II

In 2011 Greece’s public debt (the cumulative net total of all government borrowing) was an estimated $515 billion. That is equal to less than 5 percent of the total $12 trillion in public debt of the seventeen EuroZone countries* So, why is so much attention being paid to such a relatively small country’s debt problem? […]

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