Big Box Retailers Continue To Perform Relatively Well In Recession

Will big box stores be as popular as online shopping this holiday season?


Online shopping is expected to grow this holiday season—impressive for such a weak consumer market. Might big box stores get a similar boost in the next month as consumers look for the cheapest way to shop?

The data gurus at Sageworks Inc. imply as much in a release today. Their evidence is that big box retailers have held up much better than other retailers in 2009:

Because people feel they can do more one-stop shopping and bargain finding at big retail stores, sales at publicly-traded retailers have fared better in 2009 (-.7% in 2009) than at smaller, privately-held retailers (-5.8% in 2009).