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Discount Stores Open Doors to Healthier Purchases

June 8, 2009: 11:11 PM EST
Discount stores have a direct positive effect on people’s weight, according to a research project being undertaken by Charles Courtemanche of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Art Carden. Writing in Forbes, Carden says people have more purchasing power now, despite the recession, because of heavy discounting by groups such as Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club, and other outlets. If prices drop, but income doesn’t, then people have more purchasing power, he argues, and the data collected in the study suggest that people buy healthier food when they are, comparatively, richer.
Art Carden, "Wal-Mart's Weight Effect", Forbes, June 08, 2009, © Forbes.com LLC
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