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Jennifer Marks

Market Basket Prices Recede

The word “retreat” best sums up what happened to the Top 10 retailer's market baskets in spring 2010, with all but one of them knocking down pricing at the top tier and half of them doing so in their opening price points.

HTT's annual Market Basket survey — which assessed the highest and lowest priced items at stores in New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and Miami — found that most retailers took their higher price merchandise down substantially.

Top-end pricing was down by double-digits at Bed Bath & Beyond, Big Lots, Family Dollar, JCPenney, Kmart, Kohl's, Marshall's and Walmart. However, it must be noted that some items that had been in previous baskets could not be found at Big Lots and Family Dollar this time around.

Macy's tweaked its upper price points only slightly, with its basket dipping 1.83%. Target's upper end basket was actually more expensive this year, up 7.5%.

When looking at the most expensive item in each retailer's basket, all but two were priced lower, in many cases, sharply.

The top-priced item at Kohl's was 58% lower than the top item in the retailer's basket last year. Marshall's pared pricing on the top item by 51%. Other top pricers off significantly included JCPenney (32%) and Walmart (13%).

But two boosted their upper price point: Bed Bath & Beyond, up 25%; and Family Dollar, up 4.3%.

Macy's once again had the priciest item in the survey, although its $400 queen bed in a bag was $40 cheaper than last year's most expensive item.

In opening price point baskets, Bed Bath & Beyond and JCPenney also boosted their prices — up 30.6% and 14.9%, respectively. It should be noted that HTT does not include sale or clearance merchandise in the opening price point baskets.

Kohl's proved the most aggressive in lowering its opening price points, with the ticket for its total basket plunging 40.5%. Three others chopped their basket prices by double digits: Family Dollar, -21.3%; Marshall's, -16.4%; and Big Lots, -15.3%.

Family Dollar provided the least expensive item in the survey: a 50 cent wash cloth. But that was actually 5 cents more expensive than last year's lowest priced item, a 45 cent wash cloth from Target.

Overall, however, the majority of retailers slashed the pricing on their lowest priced market basket item, the wash cloth.

Kohl's was again the bluntest with its axe, chopping the price 62.7%. It was followed by: Big Lots (-40%), Marshall's (-33.4%), Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart (each -25%), and Kmart (-20.6%). Pricing remained the same at Family Dollar, JCPenney and Macy's, while it jumped 45.3% at Target, from 45 cents last year to $2.49 this year.

Not surprisingly, the difference between the highest and the lowest priced item in each basket narrowed this year for most retailers, in some cases substantially.

The spread at JCPenney last year was over $415; this year it's $280. In Kohl's basket, the difference was $356 last year vs. $148.50 this year. Marshall's also showed some fairly dramatic shrinkage in range, going from $97 last year to $48 this year.

One retailer, however, showed a bigger spread between high and low. Bed Bath & Beyond's range shifted from $106 to $247 as it pushed up the ticket on its opening price point items. Big Lots and Family Dollar also had a bigger spread, but only by a few dollars.

But in considering all the price swings, it is also worth noting this is the second year Big Lots has been included in the survey. It moved up the top retailer ranking when Linens 'n Things closed shop. Still, there is no doubt the shifts reflect the dicey economy in which buyers placed their spring merchandise orders last year.

In terms of manufacturer's identification, it was virtually untraceable on the 38 market basket items at Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and, to a certain extent, Macy's.

At Wal-Mart and Kmart, only one manufacturer could be identified by either label or RN number. At Target, there were six. At Macy's there were nine.

A full 60% of the products whose country of origin could be determined were produced in China — 162 out of 268 items. The lion's share of the remainder were manufactured in either India (44 items) or Pakistan (35).

Of the remainder, the tally by country was:

USA, 8;Brazil, 6;Bahrain;El Salvador, 3Turkey, 3;Bangladesh, 1;Portugal, 1;Taiwan, 1;Thailand, 1.

Kohl's pulled from the most diverse collection of countries: Bahrain, China, El Salvador, India, Turkey, and the USA.

Bed Bath & Beyond
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at 14.99 each; $29.98 for two. **Two individually packaged shams at 17.99 each; 35.98 for two.
Queen sheet set $29.99 Springs Global Cotton Thailand
Queen bed-in-a-bag 149.99 Royal Heritage Home Cotton/Polyester China
Pair of standard shams* 29.98 Levinsohn Textile Cotton/Polyester China
Dust ruffle 29.99 Levinsohn Textile Cotton/Polyester China
Queen quilt 89.99 Sunham Cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 Berkshire Blanket Polyester China
Throw 14.99 Sun-Yin USA Rayon/Acrylic China
Total Retail $374.92 +38.9% from $269.92 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $9.99 Revere Mills Cotton Pakistan
Bath towel 4.99 Revere Mills Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 3.99 Revere Mills Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 2.99 Revere Mills Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 14.99 Various Various various
Bath rug 14.99 Maples Industries Nylon USA
Soap dish 3.99 Umbra Plastic China
Lotion pump 12.99 Umbra Plastic China
Tissue box 12.99 Umbra Plastic China
Total Retail $81.91 +2.5% from $79.91 in 2009
Total Market Basket $456.83 +30.6% from $349.83 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $199.99 Springs Global Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 249.99 Royal Heritage Home Cotton/Polyester China
Pair of standard shams** 35.98 Levinsohn Textile Cotton/Polyester China
Dust ruffle 44.99 Levinsohn Textile Cotton/Polyester China
Queen quilt 149.99 CHF Industries Cotton/Polyester China
Queen blanket 69.99 Berkshire Blanket Polyester China
Throw 29.99 Ellery Homestyles Polyester China
Total Retail $780.92 -16.9% from $939.92 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $79.99 Home Source Intl. Cotton India
Bath towel 39.99 Home Source Intl. Cotton India
Hand towel 19.99 Home Source Intl. Cotton India
Wash cloth 12.99 Home Source Intl. Cotton India
Shower curtain 49.99 Various Various Various
Bath rug 69.99 Mohawk Home Cotton/Polyester India
Soap dish 19.99 Not identified Resin China
Lotion pump 24.99 Not identified Resin China
Tissue box 39.99 Not identified Resin China
Total Retail $357.91 -5.3% from $377.91 in 2009
Total Market Basket $1,138.83 -31.6% from $1,317.83 in 2009

Big Lots
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Only one price point in this category **3 washcloths for $3.75 ***Quilt was Wal-Mart's Better Homes & Garden Brand
Queen sheet set $15.00 Big Lots Polyester China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 35.00 Big Lots Microfiber China
Pair of standard shams* 7.00 West Point Home Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Dust ruffle* 10.00 West Point Home Cotton/Poly China
Queen quilt 25.00 Keeco Cotton/Poly China
Queen blanket NA
Throw 15.00 Big Lots Polyester China
Total Retail $107.00 -20.7% from $135.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $3.75 Sajid Textile Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 3.00 Sajid Textile Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth** 3.75 Sajid Textile Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 4.00 Big Lots Vinyl China
Bath rug* 5.00 Consolidates Stores Nylon USA
Soap dish 1.00 Big Lots Ceramic China
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box* 3.00 Big Lots Metal China
Total Retail $23.50 +23.7 from $19.00 in 2009
Total Market Basket $130.50 -15.3 from $154.00 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $25.00 Wal-Mart (Home Trends) Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 59.00 Morris Cohen Coat Co. Polyester China
Pair of standard shams 7.00 WestPoint Home Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Dust ruffle / bedskirt* 10.00 WestPoint Home Cotton/Poly China
Queen quilt*** 25.00 Keeco Cotton/Poly China
Queen blanket NA
Throw* 15.00 Big Lots Polyester China
Total Retail $141.00 +17% from $170.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $6.00 Big Lots Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 5.00 WestPoint Home Cotton India
Wash cloth 1.50 Big Lots Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 8.00 Victoria Classics Polyester China
Bath rug* 5.00 Consolidated Stores Cotton India
Soap dish 2.00 Big Lots Metal China
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box* 3.00 Big Lots Metal China
Total Retail $30.50 +15.1 from $26.50 in 2009
Total Market Basket $171.50 -12.7 from $196.50 in 2009

Family Dollar
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Only one price point available in this category. ** Packaged with soap dish, tissue box and trash bin for $5.00.
Queen sheet set $20.00 Amrapur Overseas Polyester China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 38.00 Family Dollar Polyester China
Pair of standard shams* 3.75 Family Dollar Polyester China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt NA
Queen blanket* 10.00 Owen Mfg (Springs) Polyester NA
Throw NA
Total Retail $71.75 -32.3% from $106.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA NA
Bath towel $2.00 Family Dollar Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel* 2.50 Family Dollar Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 0.50 Morgan Group Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain NA
Bath rug* 10.00 Family Dollar Nylon China
Soap dish** 5.00 Family Dollar Resin unknown
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box** 5.00 Family Dollar Resin unknown
Total Retail $25.00 +47% from $17.00 in 2009
Total Market Basket $96.75 -21.3% from $123.00 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $25.00 Family Dollar Polyester China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 48.00 Family Dollar Polyester China
Pair of standard shams* 3.75 Family Dollar Polyester China
Dust ruffle / bedskirt NA
Queen quilt NA
Queen blanket* 10.00 Owen Mfg (Springs) Polyester Unknown
Throw NA
Total Retail $86.75 -25.2% from $116.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $4.00 Family Dollar Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel* 2.50 Family Dollar Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 1.00 Family Dollar Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain NA
Bath Rug* 10.00 Family Dollar Nylon China
Soap dish** 5.00 Family Dollar Resin Unknown
Lotion pump NA
Tissue box** 5.00 Family Dollar Resin Unknown
Total Retail $27.50 +22.2% from $22.50 in 2009
Total Market Basket $114.25 -17.5% from $138.50 in 2009

JCPenney
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Only one price point available in this category. **Two individually packaged shams at $35 each. ***Two individually packaged shams at $50 each.
Queen sheet set $50.00 Springs Polyester China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 140.00 Keeco Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Pair of standard shams** 70.00 Peking Handicraft Polyester China
Dust ruffle 35.00 Keeco Cotton China
Queen quilt 120.00 Hedaya Home Cotton China
Queen blanket 49.99 JLA Home Cotton China
Throw NA
Total Retail $464.99 +14.8% from $404.97 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet* $19.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Bath towel 7.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 5.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 4.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 14.99 Maxan Curtain Peva China
Bath rug 44.99 JC Penney Cotton India
Soap dish 7.99 JC Penney Composite China
Lotion pump 9.99 JC Penney Composite China
Tissue box 19.99 JC Penney Composite China
Total Retail $136.91 +15.1% from $118.92 in 2009
Total Market Basket $601.90 +14.9% from $523.89 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $180.00 American Living Home Supima Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 285.00 Springs Cotton China
Pair of standard shams*** 100.00 JCPenney (Chris Madden) Cotton India
Dust ruffle 50.00 Peking Handicraft Polyester/Cotton China
Queen quilt 170.00 Pem America Cotton China
Queen blanket 99.99 Springs Cotton India
Throw NA
Total Retail $884.99 -18.8% from $1,090.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet* $19.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Bath towel 20.00 American Living Home Cotton India
Hand towel 16.00 American Living Home Cotton India
Wash cloth 12.00 American Living Home Cotton India
Shower curtain 69.99 Croscill Polyester China
Bath rug 60.00 Mohawk Comforel USA
Soap dish 19.99 Croscill Composite China
Lotion pump 29.99 Croscill Composite China
Tissue box 49.99 Croscill Composite China
Total Retail $297.95 +1.4% from $293.97 in 2009
Total Market Basket $1,182.94 -14.5% from $1,383.97 in 2009

Kmart
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at $7.99 each; $15.98 for two. **Only one price available for this item.
Queen sheet set $29.99 Kmart Various various
Queen bed-in-a-bag 57.99 Kmart Cotton/Polyester China
Pair of standard shams* ** 15.98 Kmart Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Dust ruffle 16.99 Kmart Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Queen quilt NA
Queen blanket 22.99 Kmart Cotton China
Throw** 19.99 Kmart Polyester China
Total Retail $163.93 -10.4% from $182.93 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** $9.99 Kmart Cotton India
Bath towel 7.99 Kmart Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 1.59 Kmart Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 1.19 Kmart Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 19.99 Kmart PEVA China
Bath rug 5.99 Kmart Cotton India
Soap dish 4.59 N/A Plastic China
Lotion pump 8.49 N/A Plastic China
Tissue box 14.99 N/A Various China
Total Retail $74.81 +18.9% from $62.91 in 2009
Total Market Basket $238.74 -2.9% from $245.84 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $39.99 Kmart Various Various
Queen bed-in-a-bag 103.99 Kmart Cotton/Polyester China
Pair of standard shams* ** 15.98 Kmart Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Dust ruffle 19.99 Kmart Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Queen quilt NA
Queen blanket 45.99 Kmart Polyester China
Throw** 19.99 Kmart Polyester China
Total Retail $245.93 -38.7% from $400.94 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** $9.99 Kmart Cotton India
Bath towel 11.49 Allure Cotton China
Hand towel 9.49 Allure Cotton China
Wash cloth 6.99 Allure Cotton China
Shower curtain 28.99 Kmart Polyester China
Bath rug 22.99 Allure Acrylic China
Soap dish 11.49 NA Various China
Lotion pump 14.99 NA Various China
Tissue box 19.99 NA Various China
Total Retail $136.41 -13.1% from $156.91 in 2009
Total Market Basket $382.34 -31.5% from $557.85 in 2009

Kohl's
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Only one price point available in this category.
Queen sheet set $24.99 West Point Home Poly/Cotton Bahrain
Queen bed-in-a-bag 83.99 Ellison Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams* 14.99 Kohl's Poly/Cotton China
Dust ruffle* 24.99 Kohl's Cotton China
Queen quilt 69.99 Pem American Cotton China
Queen blanket 14.99 Kohl's Polyester China
Throw NA
Total Retail $223.94 -45% from $404.94 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $17.99 Kohl's Cotton Turkey
Bath towel 3.49 Kohl's Cotton India
Hand towel 2.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Wash cloth 1.49 Kohl's Cotton India
Shower curtain 11.99 Linde Products Vinyl China
Bath rug 10.99 Kohl's Nylon USA
Soap dish 7.99 InterDesign Resin China
Lotion pump 10.79 InterDesign Resin China
Tissue box 11.99 InterDesign Resin China
Total Retail $79.71 -24.7% from $105.91 in 2009
Total Market Basket $303.65 -40.5% from $510.85 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 129.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 149.99 Arrow Home Fashions Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams 54.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Dust ruffle* 24.99 Kohl's Cotton China
Queen quilt 89.99 Kohl's Cotton China
Queen blanket 24.99 Kohl's Nylon China
Throw NA
Total Retail $474.94 -52% from $989.94 in 2008
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 17.99 Kohl's Cotton Turkey
Bath towel 24.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Cotton/Poly El Salvador
Hand towel 18.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Cotton/Poly El Salvador
Wash cloth 10.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Cotton/Poly El Salvador
Shower curtain 32.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Polyester China
Bath rug 39.99 Kohl's Nylon USA
Soap dish 18.99 NA Resin China
Lotion pump 13.19 NA Resin China
Tissue box 29.99 NA Resin China
Total Retail $208.11 -30.3% from $298.91 in 2009
Total Market Basket $683.05 -47.0% from $1,288.85 in 2009

Macy's
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packed shams at $50 each; two for $100. **Two individually packed shams at $175 each; two for $350.
Queen sheet set $50.00 Sander Sales Enterprises Polyester/Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 400.00 Sunham Bedding Ltd. Polyester/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams* 100.00 Macy's/Charter Club Pima Cotton Portugal
Dust ruffle 170.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Egyptian Cotton India
Queen quilt 200.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton China
Queen blanket 84.00 Lauren Ralph Lauren Cotton China
Throw 80.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Acrylic China
Total Retail $1,084.00 +8.4% from $1,000.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $26.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton India
Bath towel 14.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton India
Hand towel 12.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton India
Wash cloth 7.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton India
Shower curtain 14.99 Town & Country Living PVA China
Bath rug 29.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Nylon India
Soap dish 11.99 Baltic Linen Co./Echo Ceramic China
Lotion pump 14.99 Baltic Linen Co./Echo Ceramic China
Tissue box 29.99 Baltic Linen Co./Echo Ceramic China
Total Retail $159.96 -3.6% from $165.96 in 2009
Total Market Basket $1,243.96 +6.68% from $1,165.96 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $260.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 400.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Polyester/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams** 350.00 Natori/JLA Home Silk/Cotton China
Dust ruffle 220.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton India
Queen quilt 300.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton China
Queen blanket 300.00 Macy's/Martha Stewart Cotton China
Throw 400.00 Natori/JLA Home Viscose from Bamboo China
Total Retail $2,230.00 +0.9% from $2,210.00 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $58.00 Macy's/Hotel Cotton India
Bath towel $30.00 Macy's/Hotel Cotton India
Hand towel $24.00 Macy's/Hotel Cotton India
Wash cloth $12.00 Macy's/Hotel Cotton India
Shower curtain $65.00 Macy's/Hotel Cotton Turkey
Bath rug $70.00 Macy's/Hotel Cotton India
Soap dish $22.99 Macy's/Hotel Plastic China
Lotion pump $27.99 Croscill Marble China
Tissue box $39.99 Macy's/Hotel Plastic China
Total Retail $349.97 -16.3% from $418.21 in 2009
Total Market Basket $2,579.97 -1.83% from 2,628.21 in 2009

Marshalls
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Two individually packaged shams at $5.99 each; $11.98 for two. **Two individually packaged shams at $12.99 each; $25.98 for two.
Queen sheet set $29.99 Niki International Inc. Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams* 11.98 Victoria Classics Ltd. Cotton/Polyester China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 39.99 Summa International Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket 19.99 Lauren Ralph Lauren Cotton China
Throw 5.99 Jay Franco & Sons Microfiber Fleece China
Total Retail $107.94 -23.9% from $141.94 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $4.99 Revman International Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 3.99 Revman International Cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 1.99 Abishek Inds./Trident Cotton India
Shower curtain 9.99 Victoria Classics Polyester China
Bath rug 9.99 Tradwinds Imports Cotton India
Soap dish 3.99 N/A Glass China
Lotion pump 6.99 N/A Resin China
Tissue box 7.99 N/A Resin China
Total Retail $49.92 +6.4% from $46.92 in 2009
Total Market Basket $157.86 -16.4% from $188.86 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $49.99 Revman Industries Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams** $25.98 Marshalls of MA Inc. Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 49.99 Marshall's of MA Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket 24.99 Lauren Ralph Lauren Cotton China
Throw 14.99 Melange Home Polyester China
Total Retail $165.94 -23.2% from $215.94 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet N/A
Bath towel $9.99 Microcotton Inc. 100% cotton India
Hand towel 5.99 DWI Holdings Inc. 100% cotton Pakistan
Wash cloth 3.99 Kassatex 100% Egyptian cotton China
Shower curtain 29.99 Next Creations 100% cotton China
Bath rug 16.99 Carpet-Art-Deco 100% microfiber poly China
Soap dish 6.99 N/A Metal China
Lotion pump 9.99 N/A 100% recycled glass China
Tissue box 14.99 N/A Resin China
Total Retail $98.92 +16.5% from $84.92 in 2009
Total Market Basket $264.86 -11.96% from $300.86 in 2009

Target
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
* Only one price point available in this category. **Two individually packaged shams at $9.99 each, $19.98 for two. ***Two individually packaged shams at $24.99 each.
Queen sheet set $24.99 Target Corporation Cotton/Polyester China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 79.99 Peking Handicraft Polyester/Rayon China
Pair of standard shams** 19.98 Target Corporation Cotton/Polyester Bahrain
Dust ruffle 17.99 Target Corporation Cotton/Polyester Bahrain
Queen quilt 49.99 Target Corporation Cotton China
Queen blanket 14.99 Target Corporation Cotton China
Throw 9.99 Target Corporation Polyester China
Total Retail $217.92 +3.3% from $210.93 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet* $19.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Bath towel 3.99 Target Corporation Cotton China
Hand towel 2.99 Target Corporation Cotton China
Wash cloth 2.49 Target Corporation Cotton China
Shower curtain 9.99 Target Corporation Cotton Pakistan
Bath rug 12.99 Target Corporation Nylon USA
Soap dish 3.99 Target Corporation Plastic India
Lotion pump 4.99 Target Corporation Plastic Taiwan
Tissue box 14.99 Target Corporation Plastic China
Total Retail $76.41 +54.1% from $49.58 in 2009
Total Market Basket $284.34 +9.1% from $260.51 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $69.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.99 E & E Co. Cotton/Polyester China
Pair of standard shams*** 24.99 Value Source Int'l Cotton China
Dust ruffle 49.99 Springs Cotton China
Queen quilt** 89.99 Sunham Cotton China
Queen blanket 49.99 Target Corporation Polyester China
Throw 27.99 Target Corporation Acrylic/Polyester China
Total Retail $437.92 +4.5% from $418.93 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet* $19.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Bath towel 11.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Hand towel 9.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Wash cloth 8.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Shower curtain 34.99 Target Corporation Cotton China
Bath rug 25.99 Target Corporation Nylon USA
Soap dish 9.99 Target Corporation NA China
Lotion pump 14.99 Target Corporation NA China
Tissue box 19.99 Target Corporation NA China
Total Retail $156.91 +16.7% from $134.42 in 2009
Total Market Basket $594.83 +7.5% from $553.35 in 2009

Wal-Mart
Opening Price Point

Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
*Queen size **Only one price point available in this category.
Queen sheet set $29.00 Wal-Mart Poly/Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 44.96 Wal-Mart Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Pair of standard shams 7.00 Wal-Mart Cotton Pakistan
Dust ruffle* 16.00 Wal-Mart Poly/Cotton China
Queen quilt 39.88 Wal-Mart Cotton China
Queen blanket 17.88 Wal-Mart Cotton Brazil
Throw 14.00 Northwest Co. Polyester China
Total Retail $168.72 +34.2% from $125.74 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** $6.00 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Bath towel 1.50 Wal-Mart Cotton Pakistan
Hand towel 1.50 Wal-Mart Cotton Bangladesh
Wash cloth 1.50 Wal-Mart Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 10.96 Wal-Mart PEVA China
Bath rug 9.50 Wal-Mart Cotton USA
Soap dish 4.00 Wal-Mart Plastic China
Lotion pump 6.00 Wal-Mart Plastic China
Tissue box NA
Total Retail $40.96 -37.6% from $65.68 in 2009
Total Market Basket $209.68 +9.5% from $191.42 in 2009
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 48.88 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 89.96 Wal-Mart Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams 20.88 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Dust ruffle / bedskirt 19.50 Wal-Mart Polyester China
Queen quilt 68.88 Wal-Mart Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket 19.82 Wal-Mart Polyester China
Throw 20.00 Northwest Co. Polyester China
Total Retail $287.92 +3.8% from $277.40 in 2009
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** 6.00 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Bath towel 9.00 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Hand towel 7.00 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Wash cloth 5.00 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Shower curtain 24.96 Wal-Mart Poly/Cotton China
Bath rug 22.00 Wal-Mart Nylon USA
Soap dish 7.00 Wal-Mart Plastic China
Lotion pump 10.00 Wal-Mart Plastic China
Tissue box NA
Total Retail $90.96 -20% from $113.72 in 2009
Total Market Basket $378.88 -3.2% from $391.12 in 2009

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

Macy's Queen Bed in a Bag $400.00
JCPenney Queen Bed in a Bag 285.00
BBB Queen Bed in a Bag 249.99
Kohls Queen Bed in a Bag 149.99
Kmart Queen Bed in a Bag 103.99
Target Queen Bed in a Bag 99.99
Wal-Mart Queen Bed in a Bag 89.96
Big Lots Queen Bed in a Bag 59.00
Marshalls Queen Sheet Set 49.99
Family Dollar Queen Bed in a Bag 48.00

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

* Soap dish.
Family Dollar $0.50
Big Lots* 1.00
Kmart 1.19
Kohls 1.49
Wal-Mart 1.50
Marshalls 1.99
Target 2.49
BBB 2.99
JCPenney 4.99
Macy's 7.00

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

Macy's $393.00
JCPenney 280.01
BBB 247.00
Kohls 148.50
Kmart 102.80
Target 97.50
Wal-Mart 88.46
Big Lots* 58.00
Marshalls 48.00
Family Dollar 47.50

 

Methodology


For the 2010 Market Basket Report, HTT editors visited stores in the metro New York and Miami areas between March 22 and April 7. Only items tagged at everyday prices were included in the survey; sales or clearance items were not used.

The following stores were surveyed:

Bed Bath & Beyond, New York City

Big Lots, West Babylon, N.Y.

Family Dollar, Lindenhurst, N.Y.

JCPenney, Jersey City, N.J.

Kmart, New York City

Kohl's, Massapequa, N.Y.

Macy's, Miami

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