C-Stores See Ray of Sunshine

February 2005
Convenience Store News;2/7/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p14
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the VNU Retail Index, which, after a dip in November 2004, just barely made it over 100 to 101.5 in December 2004, with retailers a mere 1.5 percent more positive about their current business conditions than they were a year ago at this time. Hiring is most likely tied to increase in store count expected in coming months— about half of supermarkets and convenience (c)-stores report expecting increases in both. Compared to other retail channels, c-store operators are refreshingly optimistic going forward. The VNU Retail Index is an economic indicator designed to uncover new insights into retailers' assessments of their current and future business conditions.


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