Research on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corporation - Variety Stores Focusing Online

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/04/12 -- offers free research on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) from the Discount, Variety Stores industry. Access these reports by clicking on the links below or by copy and pasting those to your address bar.

The discount variety stores industry fared better than most during the economic downturn, and the sluggish pace of the recovery has been keeping stores like Costco Wholesale Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at the forefront of many pennywise consumers' minds. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the Discount, Variety Stores industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corporation; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at

Costco recently reported 4 percent year-over-year growth in its April comparable store sales. The company also announced fiscal third quarter earnings of 88 cents per share, 20.5 percent higher than last year's 73 cents. To see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future, please visit

Nevertheless, competition in the industry is fierce and seems to be reaching new heights as internet retailing expands. U.S. online sales for 2011 were estimated at $199 billion and are anticipated to grow to $279 billion by 2015. Industry players seem keenly aware of the developing significance of online markets and are working hard to solidify their position. Register now to have free access to our reports on the Discount, Variety Stores industry at

Wal-Mart recently launched a newer, more sophisticated search engine which could improve customer experience and retention. Meanwhile Costco is rumored to be preparing the launch of mobile apps for both Apple and Android products.

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