New York City, Chain Store Age has begun marketing original consumer and trade research. Accessed at www.chainstoreage.com/specialreports, the studies can be downloaded in PDF format. The four current studies available include:
• an 800-household survey of reactions to the new Sears Essentials stores
• the impact of the pending Federated-May Department Stores Merger
• the State of the Industry/Top 100 Retailers Annual Report
• the 2005 Physical Supports Census of store sizes and construction costs.