ECRM compared retail circular advertising in August 2012 versus August 2013 and noted trends occurring across top retail chains. A home improvement promotional arms race between Home Depot and Lowe’s appears to be taking place: Lowe’s saw year-over-year increases of 100%, 75% and 184.4% across circular page count, ad block per page count and ad block per circular count, respectively. Despite these large gains, Lowe’s still appears to be playing catch-up to Home Depot, which continued to run more ad blocks per page and per circular than Lowe’s. These two areas of focus were pushed by 57.1% and 50.8%, respectively, although Home Depot did cut total circular page count by 50% versus last year.
Outside of the home improvement channel, August was fairly stable. A few notable exceptions to this were Kmart’s, Kroger’s and Walmart’s large increases in circular page count; a large increase in ad blocks per circular for Toys-R-Us; and a moderate decrease in ad blocks per circular for Fred Meyer. Overall, page count was moderately up; ad count per page was slightly up, with very little change occurring; and ad count per circular was flat due to offsetting changes from the various retailers.
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