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U.S. C-Stores Hit Record In-Store Sales Last Year

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U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales of $213.5 billion in 2014, higher than overall industry sales in 1998. Overall industry sales for the year reached $696.1 billion, evidence that the value of convenience continues to resonate with consumers.

That’s according to the just-released “NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data,” the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s premier benchmarking tool and most comprehensive collection of data and trends.

Published since 1972, the NACS State of the Industry Report provides information to help industry stakeholders maximize their company’s growth and profitability. This year’s 188-page report examines economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry. The report includes a comprehensive selection of charts and tables that focus on every area of the industry’s 2014 performance, including financial performance, store operations, merchandising, food service, fuels sales and quartile analysis.

“We appreciate the time and effort invested by NACS retail survey participants for this year’s survey. Their investment in sharing data pays off many times over for industry efforts both at the grassroots and national levels for combating excess governmental regulation with the best possible information, and in addition provides the strongest benchmark data available for retailers to maximize their profitability,” said NACS Director of Research and Statistics Bob Swanson.

Purchasers of the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data also will receive the Fact Book as a downloadable, self-extracting file. Now in its 28th edition, the Fact Book provides a detailed statistical account of industry data over the past several years—or, in some cases, decades—as well as a historical recap of the industry and key definitions and events that have shaped it. The Fact Book will be available in late July.

The NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data and the Fact Book are available to NACS member companies (order number 40022073) for $249 ($749 regular price). Additional copies of the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data (order number 40022076) are available for $40. The Report/Fact Book package also is available as an electronic PDF (order number 40222074) to NACS members for $599 ($1,199 regular price). Orders can be placed online at nacsonline.com/soi or by calling NACS Customer Service at 800-966-6227.

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Kristen Cloud

A former newspaper editor and publisher, she once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, she is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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