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Graphs Showing Thriving Independent Business Sectors & Superior Value of Independent Businesses
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Data from 2019 Consumers Union survey of 78,000+ readers, published in the March 2019 issue of Consumer Reports.
Excerpt: “Last year, the Consumers Union published research showing independent pharmacies consistently sold prescription drugs for less than any U.S. pharmacy chain (see Independent Pharmacies Save You Big Money Over Chains). Now a new survey of more than 78,000 people shows independent pharmacists also outperformed the chains in every other measure! And it wasn’t a close contest.”
For the data behind this graphic, see: Surveys Show Small Banks Providing Better Rates, Gaining Young Customers
More banking graphics here: How and Why to Go Local for Your Banking.
Consumers Union 2014 survey of 22,000+ readers.
Excerpt: “…independent retailers meet or beat the big boys on selection and leave them in the dust when it comes to good, old-fashioned service.” (Full report requires subscription.)
Note: numbers include the same few giant breweries each year; growth is all craft brewers. data from the Brewer’s Association.
Despite this remarkable success, one modern pioneer says the trend may soon change unless antitrust law is enforced.
See also our author testimonial graphics with personal quotes on the importance of indie bookstores.
You may also visit All About Amazon for more graphics and reporting.
This graph breaks with the trade-specific theme of this page because so many business sectors compete against Amazon Inc. and its vast array of subsidiaries.
See our guide to the best reporting on Amazon and it’s impacts on a range of issues and trades: All About Amazon.
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Posters, window decals and other materials to spread the pro-local message in your community.
The top reasons to choose local independent businesses — with linked sources