Looking on the Bright Side

July 2005
Convenience Store News;7/18/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 9, p16
Trade Publication
The article reports that according to the latest VNU Retail Index, retailers appear to be increasingly concerned with the sustainability of economic growth, and specifically, the effect of gas prices. The competitive environment continues to lead the list of challenges to earnings growth. In the May 2005 survey, 26 percent of retailers surveyed named economic conditions as their biggest challenge. In their assessment of future business conditions, overall retailer expectations rose by about 2 points to an index of 95.5 in May. Sixty-three percent of retailers indicated positive expectations for the future, consistent with 63 percent in April 1005, while retailers indicating negative expectations declined from 10 percent to 7 percent.


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