Candy and Gum

January 2005
Convenience Store News;1/10/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p36
Trade Publication
This article reports that the c-store industry seems to have found its sweet spot with the candy and gum category, with forecasted per-store sales increases of 7.9 percent for 2004 and 7.2 percent for 2005. Category sales are forecasted to reach$ 32,239 per store in 2004 and$ 34,571 per store in 2005, indicating substantial growth in the years to come. The chocolate segment is driving the category with huge percentage gains forecasted. Non-chocolate is forecasted to see slight growth in 2004, with a 2.9 percent increase on a per-store basis, and a nominal 0.1 percent per-store rise in 2005. Gum is forecasted to have a big year in 2004, with a 10.3 percent per-store increase, and more modest growth in 2005, with a 4.9 percent per-store jump.


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