Convenience Store News

JAN 2017

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cover story 36 Convenience Store News | JANUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM FORECAST 2017 It is still a very good time to be a convenience store retailer L ast year at this time, the cover story of Convenience Store News explained why now may be one of the best times in history to be a convenience store retailer. The outlook for 2016 was strong, with not one of the in-store categories included in the CSNews Forecast Study predicted to see a drop in per-store dollar sales or unit volume in the year ahead. This year, as the c-store industry's retailers and suppliers jump into 2017, the good news is that it is still a very good time to be in the con- venience store business. The bad news — or should we say, less-than-good news — is that this year's forecast does have a few weak spots. Now in its 15th year, the exclusive CSNews Industry Forecast Study pro- vides dollar and unit volume projections in key c-store product categories based on data from various sources, includ- A Convenience Store News Staff Report Forecast 2017 Snapshot PER STORE DOLLAR SALES UNIT VOLUME Other Tobacco Products 6.1% 3.8% Salty Snacks 5.0% 2.8% Packaged Beverages 4.5% 4.1% Alternative Snacks 4.0% 1.3% Candy 1.8% -0.3% Beer/Malt Beverages 1.4% 0.0% Edible Grocery -0.6% -0.8% Cigarettes n/a -0.6% Source: Convenience Store News Market Research, 2017

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