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Confirming the Price Effects of Private Labels Development

  • Bontemps, Christophe
  • Orozco, Valérie
  • Réquillart, Vincent

We study the price response of national brands to the development of private labels. We use monthly data from a consumer survey reporting their purchases for 218 food products. We show that when private labels have a significant effect on national brands prices (144 cases over 218), that is positive (89%). We also show that the increase in the prices of national brand products is explained by a strategy of product differentiation. Finally, price reaction of national brands differs with the type of private labels they are facing. This paper confirms, on a larger number of products, previous empirical results.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 367.

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Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Publication status: Published in Review of Industrial Organization, vol.�33, n°1, août 2008, p.�1-22.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:922
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