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We’re delighted to announce that this week will be the first publication of our monthly price index and pricing activity table in Retail Week  Each month we’ll focus on a different category, starting with TVs and Home Entertainment to see how this category was impacted by the build up to the World Cup This…

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We’re delighted to announce that this week will be the first publication of our monthly price index and pricing activity table in Retail Week  Each month we’ll focus on a different category, starting with TVs and Home Entertainment to see how this category was impacted by the build up to the World Cup

This analysis is based on same processes and methodology we use for the quarterly analysis but focused on a particular category in the specific month.

The methodology for the two data sets is highlighted below:

Overall Price index tables

This analysis is based on products that are available at multiple retailers (matched products).

The percentage price difference of each matched product across the month is compared amongst all retailers also offering that product. These averages are run through a standard log formula and this is then averaged to a single total for a retailer against all of their competitors. This is used to create the pricing index for each retailer across the category.

All prices compared are online only and no in-store collections have been used. Only in stock permutations are taken into account for these tables. 

Price Activity Table

We have tracked the number of price changes for each retailer for the last month. We run a check every day on every product and our systems capture if the price has changed. At the same time, we track the average number of products the retailer has in the category during the month.

This creates an index on the number of price changes the retailer has made each day across that category.

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To find out more about Cogenta’s use of this exciting technology take a look here.

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