Checking the Forecast

January 2005
Convenience Store News;1/10/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p22
Trade Publication
This article predicts the future of the c-store industry in 2005. This past November, an advisory council of industry experts, including retailers, suppliers, data partners and analysts, assembled to thoroughly scrutinize and discuss the third annual CSNews 2005 Forecast Study. While challenges continue to plague the industry— key among them the volatility of gasoline prices and ever-increasing credit-card fees — the Forecast Study offers up some positive news for operators in 2005. The word "volatility" has become something of a mantra over the past two years regarding gasoline prices— and not just within the convenience store industry. One residual effect of higher gasoline prices is the increase in customers' use of credit cards and, by extension, more fees for retailers.


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