May 2004
Convenience Store News;5/3/2004, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p70
Trade Publication
The ultimate convenience may just be a well-placed health and beauty care item, yet convenience store operators still have a way to go in maximizing their performance in this category. Even so, sales of $2.9 billion were enough to move these products into the Top 10 for the first time. Analgesics cover more than half the category's sales, ringing up $812 million, followed by cough and cold remedies with $709 million. Though fluid milk products dropped out of the Top 10 in 2003, they still represent significant sales at $2.5 billion, and significant opportunities as one of the staples shoppers return for again and again. Sales of 2% milk dominate the category with 42 percent of category sales, or $1.1 billion.


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