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Market Basket Reveals Broad Trade-Up

Spring retail prices on bedding and bath products climbed at both the opening price point and top price point levels in this year's Market Basket survey.

Home Textiles Today's fifth annual review showed that Target, Kohl's and Wal-Mart had all hiked prices by more than 20% in the entry-level tier of their assortments. Six of the nine retailers in the survey raised their opening price point market baskets.

In the high-end baskets, Target and Kohl's were the boldest chains in testing top-price goods:

  • Target up 32.2%

  • Kohl's up 20.7%.

Target managed to eclipse all other top-price-pushing chains even though its highest item price was the same as last year: $149.99 on a queen quilt. Kohl's offered the single highest-priced item in the survey: a Laura Ashley Lifestyles branded queen bed-in-a-bag at $269.99.

Other retailers generally held the line on more expensive merchandise, with the top price market basket change at four chains — Kmart, JCPenney, Marshalls and Wal-Mart — ranging between 10% up and 10% down, year to year.

The top-tier basket dropped in price only at these three chains:

  • Linens 'n Things down 13.6%

  • Sears down 17.9%

  • Bed Bath & Beyond down 24.4%.

Two of these retailers have struggled with merchandising focus relative to their competitors; they also were the most aggressive in slashing tags for opening price goods:

  • Sears down 7.8%

  • Linens 'n Things down 2.3%.

It should be noted that unlike the other stores, the market basket at Sears was impacted by ongoing sales events during the period of the survey, which means the average everyday prices for some Sears items could be expected to register somewhat higher than shown.

The spectrum of retailer price offerings, measured as the difference between highest and lowest priced items, was broadest at these three chains:

  • Kohl's, $266.00

  • Bed Bath & Beyond, $247.00

  • JCPenney, $243.01

and most compact at these three:

  • Marshalls, $57.00

  • Wal-Mart, $85.16

  • Kmart, $113.00.

This latter result would indicate that Wal-Mart has plenty of room to test its plans to trade up in soft lines departments.

While price deflation has dogged the home textiles industry in recent years, this year's Market Basket report gives some indication that prices are truly on the upswing — regardless of country of manufacture. Interestingly, the proportion of goods made outside the United States has increased substantially this year, even as the merchants press their upper limits on prices.

China surpassed the U.S. last year as the leading source of items in the survey; it is now becoming predominant.

In the 2005 Market Basket survey, the percentage of total basket items that originated in the U.S. ranged from 17% at Target to 53% at Kmart. This year, domestic sourcing ranges from just 3% at Target to 38% at Kmart.

At only a single retailer — Wal-Mart — did the share of market basket items produced in the U.S. increase over last year; the rise was from 25% to 31%.

The biggest drops in “Made in the USA” goods were seen at these two chains:

  • Sears, from 47% to 23%

  • Linens 'n Things, from 25% to 5%.

Among those producers based in the U.S., Springs continued its clear lead among the suppliers with the most items visible in the market baskets. Counting the opening and top price items together, Springs had 36 such products, nearly three times as many as its nearest rival, WestPoint Home, with 13 items. For recently troubled WestPoint, this was only about half the items it had totaled in last year's survey.

For the annual Market Basket reports, HTT assembles a list of basic bed and bath items, then visits one store from each of nine of the top 10 home textiles retailers to find the lowest priced item and the highest priced item for each product on the shopping list. The No.10 retailer on HTT's Top 50 Retailers ranking — Pottery Barn — was not included in the survey because its in-store assortment of bedding and bath products is too slight to make valid comparisons.

As in previous years, the market basket contains only items marked at everyday prices; sale and clearance goods are not added to the cart in order to establish a base line for EDLP.

HTT's editors were unable to complete their shopping lists at several stores due to those retailers not offering any products in certain categories on the day they were visited. And in the case of Sears, multiple visits to the same store compelled a survey of the prices as posted; for various categories a sales event was in effect and the non-sale price could not be determined. Our decision to use the prices that were available is based on the priority to include this leading home textiles retailer in the Market Basket report.

While the market baskets are not representative of each chain's “average market basket,” they do represent what a customer who shopped these stores in these markets — during the period between February 15 and February 27 — would have found if she were looking for either the least expensive goods or the presumed top-of-the-line products.

Bed Bath & Beyond

* Two individually packed shams at $19.99 each ** Two individually packed shams at $34.99 each.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $29.99 Niki Intl. Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 79.99 Springs Cotton/Poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 39.98 Divatex Cotton India
Dust ruffle N/A
Queen quilt 99.99 Britannica; Keeco; CHF Amer. Pacific; Corona Cotton China
Queen blanket 24.99 Berkshire Blanket Poly China
Throw 14.99 CHF Industries Poly China
Total retail $289.93 +13.7% from $254.93 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $15.99 Springs Cotton USA
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 9.99 Shelly's Design Vinyl China
Bath rug 9.99 Trade Am Cotton/Viscose India
Soap dish 3.99 Umbra Plastic China
Lotion pump 10.99 Umbra Plastic China
Tissue box 14.99 Umbra Plastic China
Total retail $77.91 +11.4% from $69.91 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $367.84 +13.2% from $324.84 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $199.99 Springs Cotton China/Thailand
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.99 WestPoint Home Cotton/Poly USA
Pair of standard shams** 69.98 Springs Cotton USA/Mexico/Pakistan
Dust ruffle N/A
Queen quilt 249.99 Shades of India Silk/Cotton/Viscose/Nylon India
Queen blanket 149.99 Berkshire Blankets Silk/Poly China
Throw 53.99 Mohawk Home Rayon/Poly/Cotton China
Total retail $823.93 -30.1% from $1,189.95 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $79.99 N/A Cotton N/A
Bath towel 39.99 N/A Cotton N/A
Hand towel 19.99 N/A Cotton N/A
Wash cloth 12.99 N/A Cotton N/A
Shower curtain 79.99 Revman Intl. Poly China
Bath rug 49.99 N/A Cotton Portugal
Soap dish 16.99 Veratex Marble China
Lotion pump 24.99 Veratex Marble China
Tissue box 49.99 Veratex Marble China
Total retail $374.91 -5.5% from $396.93 in 2005.
Total market basket $1,198.84 -24.4% from $1,586.88 in 2005.


JCPenney

* Two individually packed shams at $20.99 each ** Two individually packed shams at $70.00 each.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $29.99 Royale Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed ensemble 159.99 Dan River Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Standard sham* 41.98 NA Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bedskirt 44.99 NA Poly/Cotton USA
Queen quilt 79.99 NA Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket 34.99 NA Cotton; Acrylica China; USA
Throw 19.99 NA Poly China
Total retail $411.92 0.0% from $412.94 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 12.99 JCPenney Cotton Mexico
Hand towel 8.99 JCPenney Cotton Mexico
Wash cloth 6.99 JCPenney Cotton Mexico
Shower curtain 19.99 NA Vinyl China
Bath rug 19.99 Mohawk Rug Cotton India
Soap dish 7.99 NA Acrylic China
Lotion dispenser 10.99 NA Acrylic China
Tissue box 9.99 NA Acrylic China
Total retail $97.92 +6.5% from $91.92 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $509.84 +1.0% from $504.86 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 140.00 NA Cotton China
Queen bed ensemble 250.00 Extreme Linen
Standard sham** 140.00 Croscill Classics Poly/Cotton China
Dust ruffle 60.00 Richloom Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Queen quilt 160.00 Sunham Cotton China
Queen blanket 119.99 NA Poly Microfiber China
Throw 49.99 NA Poly Microchenile China
Total retail $919.98 -2.1% from $939.99 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 32.00 JCPenney Cotton India
Bath towel 20.00 NA Cotton India
Hand towel 16.00 NA Cotton India
Wash cloth 12.00 NA Cotton India
Shower curtain 59.99 Croscill Rayon/Poly China
Bath rug 43.00 NA Nylon USA
Soap dish 19.99 PEM America Faux Leather China
Lotion dispenser 24.99 PEM America; Croscill Faux Leather China
Tissue box 39.99 India Ink; Croscill China
Total retail $267.96 +22.9% from $217.95 in 2005.
Total market basket $1,187.94 +2.6% from $1,1157.95 in 2005.


Kmart

* Two individually packed shams at $14.99 each ** Two individually packed shams at $22.99 each.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $34.99 NA Cotton Flannel Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 57.99 Dan River Poly/Cotton Mexico
Pair of standard shams* 29.98 WestPoint Home Cotton/Poly USA
Dust ruffle 28.99 Dan River Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 59.99 Jia Li Ramie/Cotton China
Queen blanket 10.49 Springs Cotton USA
Throw 12.99 Biderlack Acrylic/Poly USA
Total retail $235.42 -0.4% from $236.42 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $11.49 WestPoint Home Cotton USA
Bath towel 2.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 2.49 Springs Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 1.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 4.99 NA Vinyl China
Bath rug 10.49 Springs Nylon USA
Soap dish 5.79 Allure Home Ceramic China
Lotion pump 5.79 Allure Home Ceramic China
Tissue box 17.79 Allure Home Metal Taiwan
Total retail $63.81 -5.0% from $67.20 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $299.23 -1.4% from $303.62 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $51.99 Dan River Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 114.99 Springs Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams** 45.98 Jia Li Ramie/Cotton China
Dust ruffle 34.99 Springs Cotton China
Queen quilt 68.99 Jia Li Ramie/Cotton China
Queen blanket 79.99 Biddeford Acrylic China
Throw 19.99 Biederlack Acrylic USA
Total retail $416.92 +12.7% from $369.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $11.99 WestPoint Home Cotton Turkey
Bath towel 11.49 Springs Cotton USA
Hand towel 9.49 Springs Cotton USA
Wash cloth 6.99 Springs Cotton USA
Shower curtain 29.99 NA Poly Taiwan
Bath rug 28.99 Maples Cotton USA
Soap dish 9.49 Springs Ceramic China
Lotion pump 17.99 Allure Home Metal India
Tissue box 17.79 Allure Home Metal Taiwan
Total retail $144.21 +1.3% from $142.41 in 2005.
Total market basket $561.30 +9.6% from $512.33 in 2005.


Kohl's

* Two individually packed shams at $34.99 each; $21.50 each. ** Only one price point available in this category.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $39.99 Kohl's Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.99 Arrow Industries Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Pair of standard shams* 43.00 American Pacific Rayon/Poly India
Dust ruffle** 49.99 Revman International Poly/Cotton Mexico
Queen quilt** 159.99 Pem America Cotton China
Queen blanket 39.99 Kohl's Cotton USA
Throw** 39.99 Kohl's Acrylic China
Total retail $472.94 +24.8% from $378.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $35.99 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 19.99 Ex-Cell Vinyl China
Bath rug 21.99 Kohl's Nylon USA
Soap dish 4.99 Linde Products Ceramic China
Lotion pump 6.99 NA Polymer China
Tissue box 17.99 Saturday Knight Polymer China
Total retail $125.91 +15.6% from $108.91 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $598.85 +22.8% from $487.83 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $119.99 Revman International Cotton Mexico
Queen bed-in-a-bag 269.99 Revman International Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams* 69.98 Pem America Cotton China
Dust ruffle** 49.99 Revman International Poly/Cotton Mexico
Queen quilt** 159.99 Pem America Cotton China
Queen blanket 79.99 WestPoint Home Cotton USA
Throw** 39.99 Kohl's Acrylic China
Total retail $789.92 +24.8% from $632.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $45.00 The Millwork Trading Cotton Turkey
Bath towel 23.99 Chaple Hill Home Cotton China
Hand towel 17.99 Chaple Hill Home Cotton China
Wash cloth 9.99 Kohl's Cotton India
Shower curtain 59.99 CHF Industries Poly/Nylon China
Bath rug 39.99 Sunham Home Fashions Acrylic China
Soap dish 19.99 CHF Industries Polymer China
Lotion pump 24.99 CHF Industries Polymer China
Tissue box 39.99 CHF Industries Polymer China
Total retail $281.92 +10.6% from $254.93 in 2005.
Total market basket $1,071.84 +20.7% from $887.85 in 2005.


Linens 'n Things

* Two individually packed shams at $9.99 each. ** Two individually packaged shams at $19.99 each.
***Many items in this product cateogry carried no pricing information.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $49.99 Linens 'n Things Cotton/Modal Jersey Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 39.99 Keeco Poly/Cotton China
Pair of standard shams* 19.98 Linens 'n Things Cotton China
Dust ruffle 29.99 Springs Poly/Cotton China
Queen quilt 79.99 Linens 'n Things Cotton India
Queen blanket 19.99 Springs Flocked Nylon USA
Throw 19.99 Linens 'n Things Poly China
Total retail $259.92 -5.8% from $275.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $24.99 WestPoint Home Cotton USA
Bath towel 4.99 Cambridge Cotton Canada
Hand towel 3.99 Cambridge Cotton Canada
Wash cloth 2.99 Cambridge Cotton Canada
Shower curtain 14.99 Ex-Cell Vinyl China
Bath rug 5.99 Devgiri Exports Cotton India
Soap dish*** 4.99 NA Ceramic China
Lotion pump*** 6.99 NA Ceramic China
Tissue box*** 8.99 NA Plastic China
Total retail $78.91 +11.3% from $70.91 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $338.83 -2.3% from $346.83 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $149.99 Springs Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 199.99 Sunham; Richloom; LNT Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams** 39.98 Springs; LNT Cotton China
Dust ruffle 39.99 Springs; LNT Poly/Cotton China
Full/queen quilt 149.99 Linens 'n Things Wool/Cotton/Acrylic/Poly India
Full/queen blanket 79.99 Linens 'n Things Cotton/Silk India
Throw 79.99 Linens 'n Things Wool/Acrylic India
Total retail $739.92 -16.8% from $889.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet $34.99 WestPoint Home Cotton India
Bath towel 19.99 Sharadha Cotton India
Hand towel 14.99 Sharadha Cotton India
Wash cloth 7.99 Linens 'n Things Cotton Turkey
Shower curtain 59.99 Croscill Cotton/Poly China
Bath rug 44.99 Mohawk; Newmark Cotton India
Soap dish*** 14.99 Various Various China
Lotion pump*** 19.99 Croscill; Spectrum Various; Metal China; India
Tissue box*** 29.99 Veratex; Ex-Cell; Springs; Echo Various China
Total retail $247.91 -2.0% from $252.91 in 2005.
Total market basket $987.83 -13.6% from $1,142.83 in 2005.


Marshall's

* Two individually packed shams at $12.99 each. ** Only one item available in this category.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $24.99 Wamsutta Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams* 19.98 C&F Enterprises Inc. Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt** 39.99 Fashion Pillows Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket 24.99 Ralph Lauren Cotton USA
Throw 16.99 Pem America Acrylic China
Total retail $126.94 +13.4% from $111.94 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $5.99 Ralph Lauren Cotton USA
Hand towel 4.99 Earl & Wilson Cotton China
Wash cloth 2.99 Kassatex Cotton/Bamboo Turkey
Shower curtain 9.99 Victoria Classics Polyester China
Bath rug 4.99 Bath & Accent Rug Fash. Cotton/Latex USA
Soap dish 3.99 Croscill Home Fashions Spatterware China
Lotion pump 7.99 Paradigm Exclusives Metal India
Tissue box 7.99 Croscill Home Fashions Resin China
Total retail $48.92 -9.25% from $53.91 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $175.86 +6% from $165.85 in 2005
* Two individually packaged shams at $9.99 each. **Only one item available in this category.
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 59.99 Phoenix Fine Linens Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams* 25.98 Cezanne Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt** 39.99 Fashion Pillows Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 David Bitton Home Polyester China
Throw 24.99 Thr Ltd. Polyester China
Total retail $180.86 +3.97% from $889.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $7.99 Earl & Wilson Cotton China
Hand towel 5.99 Earl & Wilson Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 3.99 Earl & Wilson Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 29.99 Jabara Group Inc. Polyester China
Bath rug 16.99 Pem Maerica Cotton India
Soap dish 7.99 Wamsutta Plastic NA
Lotion pump 12.99 Croscill Home Fashions Resin China
Tissue box 12.99 Umbra Ceramic China
Total retail $98.92 +3.1% from $95.91 in 2005.
Total market basket $279.78 +3.7% from $269.85 in 2005.


Sears

* Two individually packed shams at $24.98 each. ** Only one item available in this category
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $19.98 Royale Linens Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 59.99 Springs Cotton/Polyester USA
Pair of standard shams* 49.96 Peking Handicraft Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 19.98 Peking Handicraft Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket 59.98 Springs Poly/Cotton China
Throw 19.99 WestPoint Home Polyester USA
Total retail $229.88 -12.9% from $263.91 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** $14.99 Springs Cotton USA
Bath towel 3.99 WestPoint Home Cotton India
Hand towel 2.99 WestPoint Home Cotton India
Wash cloth 1.99 WestPoint Home Cotton India
Shower curtain 12.99 CHF Industries Poly/Cotton China
Bath rug 12.99 Mohawk Dupont Antron™ USA
Soap dish 9.99 Veratex Ceramic China
Lotion pump 9.99 Maytex Mills Ceramic/Wood China
Tissue box 12.99 CHF Industries Plastic Taiwan
Total retail $82.91 +9.9% from $75.39 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $312.79 -7.8% from $339.30 in 2005
* Two individually packaged shams at $24.98 each. ** Only one item available in this category.
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $59.99 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 149.99 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Cotton China
Pair of standard shams* 79.98 WestPoint Home Poly/Cotton USA
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 59.98 Peking Handicraft Cotton China
Queen blanket 49.99 WestPoint Home Nylon USA
Throw 39.99 Mohawk Acrylic China
Total retail $439.92 -24.1% from $579.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet** $14.99 Springs Cotton USA
Bath towel 17.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 12.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Wash cloth 7.99 Springs Cotton Brazil
Shower curtain 49.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Polyester Turkey
Bath rug 34.99 Croscill Home Fashions Acrylic/Olefin China
Soap dish 12.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Ceramic China
Lotion pump 19.99 NA Plastic China
Tissue box 34.99 Chapel Hill Home Fash. Wicker/Resin China
Total retail $206.91 -0.1% from $207.95 in 2005.
Total market basket $646.83 -17.9% from $787.87 in 2005.


Target

* Two individually packed shams at $24.98 each. ** Only one item available in this category
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 19.99 Target Corp. Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 69.99 Springs Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams* 19.98 WestPoint Home Cotton/Poly China
Dust ruffle 15.99 WestPoint Home Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 49.99 Target Corp. Cotton India
Queen blanket 19.99 Target Corp. Nylon China
Throw 29.99 Woolrich Cotton China
Total retail $225.92 +13.0% from $199.92 in 2005.
* Two individually packaged shams at $9.99 each
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel 1.58 Target Corp. Cotton Vietnam
Hand towel 1.58 Target Corp. Cotton Vietnam
Wash cloth 1.58 Target Corp. Cotton India
Shower curtain 9.99 Target Corp. Vinyl China
Bath rug 7.99 Target Corp. Cotton India
Soap dish 5.99 Target Corp. Plastic/Metal China
Lotion pump 7.99 Target Corp. Plastic/Metal China
Tissue box 14.99 Target Corp. Resin China
Total retail $51.69 +78.6% from $28.94 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $277.61 +21.3% from $228.86 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set 69.99 Waverly Home Cotton Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 129.99 Springs Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams** 69.98 Target Corp. Cotton Pakistan
Dust ruffle 39.99 NA Cotton China
Queen quilt 149.99 Target Corp. Silk China
Queen blanket 59.99 Target Corp. Cotton/Silk India
Throw 29.99 NA Cotton China
Total retail $549.92 +25.0% from $439.92 in 2005.
* Two individually-packaged shams at $34.99 each
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath sheet 11.99 Target Corp. Cotton Portugal
Bath towel 11.99 Target Corp. Cotton Portugal
Hand towel 9.99 Target Corp. Cotton Portugal
Wash cloth 8.99 Target Corp. Cotton Portugal
Shower curtain 39.99 Target Corp. Cotton India
Bath rug 24.99 Target Corp. Cotton India
Soap dish 16.99 Target Corp. Resin/Metal China
Lotion pump 19.99 Target Corp. Etched glass China
Tissue box 39.99 Target Corp. Resin/Metal China
Total retail $184.91 +60.0% from $115.92 in 2005.
Total market basket $734.83 +32.2% from $555.84 in 2005.


Wal-Mart

* Two individually packed shams at $9.96 each. ** Only one item available in this category
*** Two individually packed shams at $14.92 each.
Opening Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen Sheet Set $19.76 WestPoint Home Cotton/Polyester USA
Queen Bed Ensemble 44.96 Springs Cotton/Polyester USA: Brazil
Standard Sham* 19.92 Mohawk Cotton USA
Queen Bedskirt 15.96 Keeco Cotton/Polyester USA
Queen Quilt** 54.84 Sunham Home Fashions Cotton/Polyester China
Queen Blanket 8.88 Springs Cotton USA
Throw 9.96 NA Polyester China
Total retail $174.28 +11.8% from $155.92 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath Sheet $3.50 NA Cotton Pakistan
Bath Towel 1.50 NA Cotton Pakistan
Hand Towel 1.20 NA Cotton Brazil
Washcloth 0.80 NA Cotton Pakistan
Shower Curtain 9.96 NA Vinyl China
Bath Rug 5.88 NA Nylon USA
Soap Dish 1.88 NA Ceramic China
Lotion Dispenser 6.96 Allure NA China
Tissue Box 14.96 Springs NA China
Total retail $46.64 +112.6% from $21.94 in 2005.
TOTAL MARKET BASKET $220.92 +24.2% from $177.86 in 2005
Top Price Point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen Sheet Set 64.84 Wal-Mart Cotton India
Queen Bed Ensemble 85.96 NA Cotton/Polyester Pakistan
Standard Sham*** 29.84 Springs Cotton Pakistan
Queen Bedskirt 24.96 NA Cotton/Polyester China
Queen Quilt** 54.84 Sunham Home Fashions Cotton/Polyester China
Queen Blanket 21.84 Springs Polyester China
Throw 19.96 NA Acrylic/Polyester China
Total retail $302.24 -3.2% from $292.86 in 2005.
Bath Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Bath Sheet $3.50 NA Cotton Pakistan
Bath Towel 7.84 Springs Cotton USA
Hand Towel 6.84 Springs Cotton USA
Washcloth 5.84 Springs Cotton USA
Shower Curtain 15.96 NA Polyester China
Bath Rug 12.96 Springs Nylon USA
Soap Dish 8.83 Springs NA China
Lotion Dispenser 8.83 Springs NA China
Tissue Box 14.96 Springs NA China
Total retail $85.56 -3.4% from $82.72 in 2005.
Total market basket $387.80 -3.2% from $375.58 in 2005.


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