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Market Basket Reveals Tactics

Some things change, some stay the same. That's why HTT editors each year check the first-hand, spring bed and bath merchandising evidence, on the store shelves and gondolas, and provide HTT's Market Basket Report.

One thing that's the same: China is the source of more than half of all the home textiles products in the survey, at roughly the same ratio as 2008, which was the first year that country surpassed the 50% mark.

One thing that has changed since last year: there is no more Linens 'n Things. With that big, 589-store national specialty chain out of the picture, HTT has altered the roster of retailers in the survey. For 2009, the survey has introduced research on Big Lots and Family Dollar, two very distinct retail formats but each operating on the lower end of the price point spectrum.

Big Lots joins the survey at the top of the list of penetration by “Made in the U.S.A.” products, at 17% of the goods sampled. The proportion of home textiles products sourced from the United States found in Wal-Mart fell to 13% this year from 19% last year, but that 13% is still high enough for second place.

The proportion of USA-made soft home goods in the JCPenney sampling jumped to 10% this year from 3% in the 2008 Market Basket. U.S. sourcing provided 8% of the home goods sampled at Marshalls, up from 3% last year. At Kmart, just 6% of the goods we saw were from the United States, down from 10% last year.

Macy's got into the game at 3% of the surveyed goods sourced from the United States, up from 0% in 2008. Bed Bath & Beyond also climbed from 0% U.S. goods in our 2008 report to 5% this year. Family Dollar entered the list this year at 0%. Target was steady year-to-year at 7%; Kohl's held steady at 3%.

Testing higher ranges

Several retail chains seemed to press higher pricing in both the low and high ends of the merchandising game.

Macy's was one of these, with its Opening Price total basket of $1,165.96 — up a stunning 66.8% from last year's $698.96. Similarly, the Macy's Top Price total basket of $2,628.21 represents a 23.0% bump up from $2,135.96 in 2008.

Target also showed prices surging at both the opening and top ends. The Target 2009 Opening Price total basket of $260.51 was up a substantial 20.0% from $217.03 in 2008. Meanwhile, its Top Price total basket of $553.35 this year climbed 5.7% from $523.35 last year.

Kmart held the line in its low-end offerings, with a 2009 Opening Price total basket of $245.84, just 2.3% above its 2008 Opening Price total basket of $240.22. On the upside of the equation, however, Kmart pushed its Top Price total basket to $557.85 — a sizeable increase of 16.7% from $478.35 last year.

Pushing and pulling

Other retailers pushed in two directions at once. That is, in the case of JCPenney, for example, the Opening Price total basket of $523.89 this year was down 21.2% from $664.90 last year — while the JCP Top Price 2009 total basket of $1,383.97 was up 13.0% from the $1,224.92 total in 2008. That combination of changes made a 34.2-percentage-point swing differential.

Bed Bath & Beyond showed a similar pattern. Its Opening Price total basket of $349.83 was down 12.3% from $398.84 in 2008 — but its 2009 Top Price total basket of $1,317.83 was up 7.3% over the $1,227.84 total in 2008.

Likewise, at Kohl's this year's Opening Price total basket of $510.85 was steeply down 27.1% from last year's $700.84 — but the Kohl's Top Price 2009 total basket of $1,288.93 marked a modest increase of 1.7% over last year's $1,267.84 Top Price total basket. That made for a swing differential of 28.8 percentage points, second only to JCPenney.

Resistant to change

Amidst this general vacillations, some merchants were markedly steady. Wal-Mart, with a 2009 Opening Price total basket of $191.42 down just 2.3% from $196.58 in 2008, also posted a 2009 Top Price total basket of $391.12, which was 5.4% up from $371.00.

Off-price chain Marshalls was somewhat consistent. Its 2009 Opening Price total basket of $188.86 was reduced 14.1% from $219.84 in 2008, but its Top Price total basket of $300.86 was down just 2.6% from $308.84 last year.

The limits and the outlook

On single items, Macy's took top honors with the most pricey item, a queen size quilt at $440. While JCPenney and Kohl's each had substantially increased their year-ago highest-price items in the survey, to this year's $420 and $359.99 for a bed-in-a-bag set, respectively, the Macy's quilt was $105 steeper in price than the dust ruffle Macy's was offering at $335 in HTT's 2008 Market Basket.

Marshalls this year displayed a $99.99 sheet set — from Italy, no less — miles above its highest-priced item last year, a $59.99 bed-in-a-bag.

The offering sampled at Bed Bath & Beyond showed a tumble from last year's high mark of $249.99 for bed-in-a-bag, to this year's highest: two different products each selling at $199.99, a sheet set and a bed-in-a-bag.

The remaining retailers were more consistent year-to-year in their highest-priced offerings. There were also few surprises in the pricing ranges this year for lowest-priced items.

With a $433 difference between its lowest-priced and highest-priced home textiles product, Macy's won the honor of the greatest high-low spread in the 2009 Market Basket. Last year, the Macy's high-low was $331.

JCPenney, which posted the top-of-class $353.01 high-low spread last year, increased its range to $415.01 in this year's survey, just behind Macy's.

The third-greatest high-low spread this year was $356 by Kohl's, up from its third-place $276 spread in 2008.

That much was constant. The three higher-end retailers of our group maintained the three greatest price ranges in their merchandise mix. Bed Bath & Beyond was right behind, up from $247 in a fourth-place tie with LNT last year, to this year's $196 high-low spread. But that 2009 figure showed a major contraction of the BBB price spread — the opposite direction taken by its three peers. This raises the obvious question: which of these four retailers' business performed best overall in 2008?

The answer to that question says something about any predictions that will be made about the 2009 retail year in home textiles.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at $29.99 each. **Two individually packaged shams at $49.99 each.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set $29.99 Ericyan Industries Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 59.99 Springs Global Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams* 29.98 Levinsohn Textile Poly/Cotton China
Dust ruffle 29.99 Levinsohn Textile Poly/Cotton China
Queen quilt 69.99 Keeco Cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 Berkshire Blankets Polyester China
Throw 19.99 Berkshire Blankets Polyester China
Total Retail $269.92 -18.2% from $329.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $14.99 WestPoint Home Cotton Pakistan
Bath towel 5.99 WestPoint Home Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 4.99 WestPoint Home Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 3.99 WestPoint Home Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 9.99 Springs Global Poly/Nylon China
Bath rug 9.99 Trade Am Cotton India
Soap dish 3.99 Umbra Plastic China
Lotion pump 10.99 Umbra Plastic China
Tissue box 14.99 Umbra Plastic China
Total Retail $79.91 +16.0% from $68.91 in 2008
Total Market Basket $349.83 -12.3% from $398.84 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $199.99 Springs Global Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 199.99 Revman Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams** 99.98 Revman Cotton China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt 69.99 Revman Poly/Cotton China
Queen quilt 149.99 Ellery Homestyles Cotton/Poly China
Queen blanket 179.99 Sunbeam Polyester USA
Throw 39.99 Berkshire Blankets Polyester China
Total Retail $939.92 +10.6% from $849.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $79.99 Terrisol Cotton India
Bath towel 39.99 Terrisol Cotton India
Hand towel 19.99 Terrisol Cotton India
Wash cloth 12.99 Terrisol Cotton India
Shower curtain 59.99 Croscill Home Rayon/Poly China
Bath rug 79.99 Mohawk Home Nylon USA
Soap dish 19.99 Croscill Home Resin China
Lotion pump 24.99 Croscill Home Resin China
Tissue box 39.99 Croscill Home Resin China
Total Retail $377.91 0% from $377.91 in 2008
Total Market Basket $1,317.83 +7.3% from $1,227.84 in 2008


Big Lots

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Only one price point in this category **3 washcloths for $3. *** 3-piece set including soap dish, cup and toothbrush holder
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set $17.00 Nadia Textiles Intl. Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 50.00 Pem America Polyester China
Pair of standard shams NA
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt* 60.00 Hedaya Home Cotton NA
Queen blanket NA
Throw 8.00 Oceans United Inc. Polyester China
Total Retail $135.00
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 3.00 Sajid Textile Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 3.00 Sajid Textile Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth** 3.00 Sajid Textile Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain NA
Bath rug 5.00 Maples Nylon USA
Soap dish*** 5.00 Big Lots Ceramic China
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box NA
Total Retail $19.00
Total Market Basket $154.00
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $30.00 Texcellence Overseas Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 60.00 Blue Ridge Home Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams NA
Dust ruffle / bedskirt NA
Queen quilt* 60.00 Hedaya Home Cotton NA
Queen blanket NA
Throw 20.00 Nontong Flexitex Polyester China
Total Retail $170.00
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 6.00 Hilasal USA Cotton Mexico
Hand towel 4.00 Big Lots Cotton India
Wash cloth 1.50 A & B Supply Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain NA
Bath rug 10.00 Maples Ind. Nylon USA
Soap dish*** 5.00 Big Lots Ceramic China
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box NA
Total Retail $26.50
Total Market Basket $196.50


Family Dollar

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
* Soap dish, cup and trash bin came in packaged set. ** Soap dish was packaged with cup and trash bin
***Only one price point available in this category.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set*** $20.00 Elite Home Products Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 36.00 Amrapur Overseas Polyester China
Pair of standard shams*** 3.00 Dolly Madison Inc. Poly/Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt*** 38.00 Pem America Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket*** 9.00 Springs Polyester no label
Throw NA
Total Retail $106.00
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel*** $4.00 Baltic Linen Co. Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel*** 2.50 Baltic Linen Co Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 0.50 Vision International Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain NA
Bath rug 5.00 YMF Carpet Olefin China
Soap dish* 5.00 Better Home Resin unknown
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box NA
Total Retail $17.00
Total Market Basket $123.00
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set*** $20.00 Elite Home Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 46.00 Amrapur Overseas Polyester China
Pair of standard shams*** 3.00 Dolly Madison Inc. Poly/Cotton China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt NA
Queen quilt*** 38.00 Pem America Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket*** 9.00 Springs Polyester Unknown
Throw NA
Total Retail $116.00
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel*** $4.00 Baltic Linen Co. Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel*** 2.50 Baltic Linen Co. Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 1.00 Baltic Linen Co. Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain NA
Bath rug 10.00 JF Distributors Nylon China
Soap dish** 5.00 Better Home Resin Unknown
Lotion pump NA
Total Retail $22.50
Total Market Basket $138.50


JCPenney

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at $25 each. **Two individually packaged shams at $50 each.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set 50.00 Keeco LLC Poly China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 130.00 Keeco LLC Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams* 50.00 Keeco LLC Cotton China
Dust ruffle 35.00 Keeco LLC Cotton China
Queen quilt 79.99 Sunham Bedding Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket 39.99 Charles D. Owen Woven Acrylic USA
Throw 19.99 JCPenney Poly China
Total Retail $404.97 -21.4% from $514.97 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 7.99 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 5.99 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 4.99 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 14.99 Maxan Curtain Peva China
Bath rug 25.99 Mohawk Nylon USA
Soap dish 8.99 JCPenney Composite China
Lotion pump 9.99 JCPenney Composite China
Tissue box 39.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Composite China
Total Retail $118.92 - 20.7% from $149.93 in 2008
Total Market Basket $523.89 - 21.2% from $664.90 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 180 American Living Home Supima Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 420 American Living Home Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Pair of standard shams** 100 American Living Home Cotton China
Dust ruffle 50 Keeco LLC Cotton China
Queen quilt 170 American Living Home Cotton China
Queen blanket 90 American Living Home Supima Cotton China
Throw 80 American Living Home Cotton China
Total Retail $1,090.00 +18% from $924 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 25 JCPenney Cotton China
Hand towel 18 JCPenney Cotton China
Wash cloth 14 JCPenney Cotton China
Shower curtain 59.99 Croscill Poly China
Bath rug 62 Maples Industries Nylon USA
Soap dish 25 JCPenney (Chris Madden) Composite China
Lotion pump 29.99 Croscill Home Composite China
Tissue box 59.99 Bacova Guild Ltd. Composite China
Total Retail $293.97 -2.3% from 300.92 in 2008
Total Market Basket $1,383.97 +13.0% from $1,224.92 in 2008


Kmart

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
**Only one price point available in this category.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set $25.99 Kmart Poly/Cotton Brazil
Queen bed-in-a-bag 34.99 Springs Global Poly/Cotton Mexico
Pair of standard shams 7.99 Kmart Cotton Pakistan
Dust ruffle** 22.99 Westpoint Home Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen quilt** 57.99 Kmart Cotton China
Queen blanket 22.99 Kmart Cotton China
Throw 9.99 Kmart Polyester China
Total Retail $182.93 - 0.79% from $ 184.39 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 9.99 Kmart Cotton India
Bath towel 2.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 2.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 1.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 9.99 Kmart Vinyl China
Bath rug 7.99 Kmart Nylon USA
Soap dish 3.49 Kmart Resin n/a
Lotion pump 3.49 Kmart Resin n/a
Tissue box 19.99 Kmart Metal China
Total Retail $62.91 +12.7 % from $ 55.83 in 2008
Total Market Basket $245.84 +2.3% from $240.22 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $99.99 Kmart Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 114.00 Springs Global Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams 34.99 Kmart Cotton China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt** 22.99 Westpoint Home Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen quilt** 57.99 Kmart Cotton China
Queen blanket 45.99 Kmart Polyester China
Throw 24.99 Kmart Polyester China
Total Retail $400.94 + 12.65 % from $ 355.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $17.99 Kmart Cotton Brazil
Bath towel 14.99 Kmart Cotton China
Hand towel 9.49 Kmart Cotton China
Wash cloth 6.99 Kmart Cotton China
Shower curtain 28.99 Kmart Polyester China
Bath rug 28.99 Maples Ind. Cotton USA
Soap dish 11.49 Kmart Ceramic China
Lotion pump 14.99 Kmart Ceramic China
Tissue box 22.99 Kmart Wood China
Total Retail $156.91 +28.2% from $122.42 in 2008
Total Market Basket $557.85 +16.6% from $478.39 in 2008


Kohl's

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set 44.99 Pem-America Micro-polyester China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 139.99 Alice Manufacturing, Inc. Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams 9.99 Kohl's Cotton/Poly China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 129.99 Pem-America Cotton China
Queen blanket 39.99 Kohl's Poly fleece China
Throw 39.99 Kohl's Polyester China
Total Retail $404.94 +-33.6 % from $609.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 15.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Bath towel 7.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Hand towel 5.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Wash cloth 3.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Shower curtain 21.99 Kohl's PEVA China
Bath rug 14.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Soap dish 4.99 Linde Products Mfg. Co. Ceramic China
Lotion pump 7.99 Linde Products Mfg. Co. Ceramic China
Tissue box 21.99 Allure Home Creation Metal China
Total Retail $105.91 +16.5% from $90.91 in 2008
Total Market Basket $510.85 -27.1% from $700.84 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 199.99 Kohl's Pima Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 359.99 Chenab Cotton Pakistan
Pair of standard shams 69.99 Kohl's Pima Cotton India
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 159.99 Nostalgia Home Fashions Cotton China
Queen blanket 149.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Throw 49.99 Kohl's Acrylic China
Total Retail $989.94 +1.50% from $974.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 35.99 Kohl's Cotton/Viscose(Bamboo) India
Bath towel 24.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Cotton/Poly El Salvador
Hand towel 18.99 Bacova Guild Cotton Turkey
Wash cloth 11.99 Chaps Home Cotton Turkey
Shower curtain 69.99 Chapel Hill Home Fash. Cotton or Poly China
Bath rug 44.99 Chaps Home Comforel Nylon USA
Soap dish 19.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Resin China
Lotion pump 21.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Ceramic China
Tissue box 49.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Ceramic China
Total Retail $298.91 +2.0% from $292.91 in 2008
Total Market Basket $1,288.85 +1.6% from $1,267.84 in 2008


Macy's

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Only one price point available in this category. **Two individually packaged shams at $80 each; $40 each.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set $50.00 Sander Sales Enterprises Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag* 400.00 Macy's Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Pair of standard shams** 80.00 Macy's Pima Cotton Pakistan
Dust ruffle/bedskirt 55.00 Macy's Pima Cotton Pakistan
Queen quilt 250.00 Macy's Polyester/Cotton India
Queen blanket 125.00 DWI Holdings Inc. Cotton Percale USA
Throw 40.00 Macy's Polyester China
Total Retail $1,000.00 +44% from $560.00 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 26.00 Macy's Cotton India
Bath towel 14.00 Macy's Cotton India
Hand towel 12.00 Macy's Cotton India
Wash cloth 7.00 Macy's Cotton India
Shower curtain 19.99 Macy's Vinyl Taiwan
Bath rug 29.00 Macy's Cotton India
Soap dish 12.99 Croscill Resin China
Lotion pump 14.99 Croscill Resin China
Tissue box 29.99 Croscill Resin China
Total Retail $165.96 +17.8% from $138.96 in 2008
Total Market Basket $1,165.96 +66.8% from $698.96 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $260.00 Macy's Cotton Percale China
Queen bed-in-a-bag* 400.00 Macy's Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Pair of standard shams 175.00 E & E Company Ltd. Silk/Cotton China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt 225.00 DWI Holdings Inc. Cotton Sateen India
Queen quilt 440.00 W-C Designs Silk China
Queen blanket 310.00 WestPoint Home Wool China
Throw 400.00 E & E Company Ltd. Viscose from Bamboo China
Total Retail $2,210.00 +23.75% from $1,685.00 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 87.50 DWI Holdings Inc. Organic Cotton
Bath towel 43.75 DWI Holdings Inc. Organic Cotton
Hand towel 31.25 DWI Holdings Inc. Organic Cotton
Wash cloth 18.75 DWI Holdings Inc. Organic Cotton
Shower curtain 69.99 Macy's Rayon/Polyester China
Bath rug 70.00 Macy's Egyptian Cotton India
Soap dish 19.99 Springs Global Glass N/A
Lotion pump 26.99 Springs Global Glass N/A
Tissue box 49.99 Springs Global Glass N/A
Total Retail $418.21 -7.8% from $450.96 in 2008
Total Market Basket $2,628.21 +23.0% from $2,135.96 in 2008


Marshalls

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at $5.99 each; $11.98 for two. **Only one price point available in this category. ***Two individually packaged shams at $12.99 each; $25.98 for two.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set $39.99 Niki International Egyptian Cotton Egypt
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams* 11.98 Fashion Pillows Inc. Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt** 39.99 Summa International Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket** 24.99 WestPoint Home Cotton USA
Throw 24.99 Berkshire Blanket Inc. Polyester China
Total Retail $141.94 -15.49% from $163.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $4.99 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 3.99 Marshalls Cotton China
Wash cloth 2.99 Marshalls Cotton China
Shower curtain 5.99 Popular Bath Products Polyester China
Bath rug 9.99 Trade Lines Inc. Cotton India
Soap dish 3.99 NA Marble NA
Lotion pump 6.99 Popular Bath Products Resin China
Tissue box 7.99 Croscill Rattan/Resin China
Total Retail $46.92 -19.2% from $55.91 in 2008
Total Market Basket $188.86 -14.1% from $219.84 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $99.99 Marshalls Egyptian Cotton Italy
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams*** 25.98 Marshalls Cotton China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt NA
Queen quilt** 39.99 Summa International Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket** 24.99 WestPoint Home Cotton USA
Throw 24.99 Sun-Yin USA Inc. Polyester China
Total Retail $215.94 +2.57% from $210.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $9.99 Sunham Home Cotton China
Hand towel 5.99 CHF Industries Cotton China
Wash cloth 3.99 Genis Inc. Cotton China
Shower curtain 14.99 Revman International Cotton China
Bath rug 16.99 Carpet-Art-Deco Polyester/Olefin Canada
Soap dish 6.99 NA Brushed Steel China
Lotion pump 12.99 NA Marble/Metal NA
Tissue box 12.99 Popular Bath Products Resin China
Total Retail $84.92 -15.3% from $97.91 in 2008
Total Market Basket $300.86 -2.6% from $308.84 in 2008


Target

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at $5.49 each. **Two individually packaged shams at $31.99 each.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set 19.99 Target Home Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 44.99 Target Room Essentials Cotton/Polyester Brazil, Mex.
Pair of standard shams* 10.98 Target Room Essentials Cotton/Polyester Bahrain
Dust ruffle 17.99 Target Room Essentials Cotton/Polyester Bahrain
Queen quilt 99.99 Target Fieldcrest Polyester China
Queen blanket 16.99 Target Home Polyester China
Throw NA
Total Retail $210.93 +32.70% from $158.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 1.79 Target Room Essentials Cotton Vietnam
Hand towel 1.79 Target Room Essentials Cotton Vietnam
Wash cloth 0.45 Target Room Essentials Cotton Vietnam
Shower curtain 16.99 Target Cotton Pakistan
Bath rug 16.99 Target Nylon USA
Soap dish 1.79 Target Room Essentials Ceramic China
Lotion pump 1.79 Target Room Essentials Ceramic China
Tissue box 7.99 iDesign Plastic China
Total Retail $49.58 -14.7% from $58.10 in 2008
Total Market Basket $260.51 +20.0% from $217.03 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 64.99 Target Thomas O'Brien Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.99 Target Fieldcrest Supima Cotton China
Pair of standard shams** 63.98 Target Fieldcrest Supima Cotton Pakistan
Dust ruffle 49.99 Target Fieldcrest Supima Cotton China
Queen quilt 99.99 Target Fieldcrest Polyester China
Queen blanket 39.99 Target Home Polyester Microfiber China
Throw NA
Total Retail $418.93 +13.60% from $368.93 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 9.99 Target Thomas O'Brien Cotton China
Hand towel 7.99 Target Thomas O'Brien Cotton China
Wash cloth 6.99 Target Thomas O'Brien Cotton China
Shower curtain 33.99 Target Fieldcrest Polyester Turkey
Bath rug 21.99 Target Thomas O'Brien Cotton USA
Soap dish 13.49 Target Bronze China
Lotion pump 19.99 Target Fieldcrest Glass/Metal/Plastic China
Tissue box 19.99 Target Fieldcrest Brass China
Total Retail $134.42 -13.0% from $154.42 in 2008
Total Market Basket $553.35 +5.7% from $532.35 in 2008


Wal-Mart

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
**Only one price point available in this category.
Opening Price Point
Queen sheet set $17.00 Wal-Mart Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 44.86 Wal-Mart Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Pair of standard shams 7.00 Wal-Mart Cotton Pakistan
Dust ruffle** 12.00 Wal-Mart Cotton Brazil
Queen quilt 37.88 Wal-Mart Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen blanket NA
Throw 7.00 Wal-Mart Polyester China
Total Retail $125.74 -10.82% from $141.00 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** 14.50 Springs Global Cotton USA
Bath towel 3.50 Wal-Mart Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 2.50 Wal-Mart Cotton Bangladesh
Wash cloth 2.00 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Shower curtain 9.96 Wal-Mart Vinyl China
Bath rug 12.50 Better Homes & Gardens Nylon USA
Soap dish 1.88 Wal-Mart Ceramic China
Lotion pump 1.88 Wal-Mart Ceramic China
Tissue box 16.96 Springs Global Ceramic China
Total Retail $65.68 +17.5% from $55.88 in 2008
Total Market Basket $191.42 -2.6% from $196.58 in 2008
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 55.80 Springs Global Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.96 Springs Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams 19.88 Springs Global Cotton China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt** 12.00 Wal-Mart Cotton Brazil
Queen quilt 74.76 Peking Handicraft Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket NA
Throw 15.00 Northwest Co. Poly China
Total Retail $277.40 +10.4% from $251.17 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** 14.50 Springs Global Cotton USA
Bath towel 9.96 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 7.96 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 6.96 Springs Global Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 19.96 Wal-Mart Poly China
Bath rug 19.50 Springs Global Nylon USA
Soap dish 8.96 Springs Global Plastic China
Lotion pump 8.96 Springs Global Plastic China
Tissue box 16.96 Springs Global Metal China
Total Retail $113.72 -5.1% from $119.83 in 2008
Total Market Basket $391.12 +5.4% from $371.00 in 2008


High Fliers ...
Highest priced item in top-tier basket (all sizes queen)

Macy's silk quilt was far above its $335 highest ticket last year; Kohl's jumped $80 above its 2008 high.
Macy's quilt $440.00
JCPenney bed-in-a-bag $420.00
Kohl's bed-in-a-bag $359.99
Bed Bath & Beyond bed-in-a-bag; sheet set $199.99
Kmart bed-in-a-bag $114.00
Target bed-in-a-bag; quilt $99.99
Wal-Mart bed-in-a-bag $99.96
Marshalls sheet set $99.99
Big Lots bed-in-a-bag; quilt $60.00
Family Dollar bed-in-a-bag $46.00


... and Low Riders
Least expensive item – the wash cloth

*Bed Bath & Beyond also had a soap dish at this price.
Target $0.45
Family Dollar $0.50
Big Lots $1.50
Kmart $1.99
Wal-Mart $2.00
Marshalls $2.99
Bed Bath & Beyond $3.99*
Kohl's $3.99
JCPenney $4.99
Macy's $7.00


The High/Low
$ difference between the highest and the lowest priced items in the baskets

Macy's widened the spread by $102, Kohl's by $80, and JCP by $62 – while BBB tightened by $51.
Macy's $433.00
JCPenney $415.01
Kohl's $356.00
Bed Bath & Beyond $196.00
Kmart $112.01
Target $99.54
Wal-Mart $97.96
Marshalls $97.00
Big Lots $55.50
Family Dollar $45.50


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