We develop two models to test hypotheses on the specific impact of brand and category characteristics on consumer stock-out responses. Our empirical results show that both characteristics are important determinants. Consumers are more product loyal in hedonic product groups than in utilitarian product groups and consumers are more brand loyal to high equity brands than to low equity brands. Brand loyalty is especially strong for high equity brands in hedonic product groups. Our study also confirms findings from prior research on OOS reactions. Theoretical and managerial implications of the findings of the study are discussed.

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Sloot, L.M, Verhoef, P.C, & Franses, Ph.H.B.F. (2002). The impact of brand and category characteristics on consumer stock-out reactions (No. ERS-2002-106-MKT). ERIM Report Series Research in Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/257