Total convenience industry sales increased 2.8 percent last year to a record $708.2 billion. Relatively low gas prices and declining consumption put a damper on fuel sales, which increased only 2 percent. In-store sales, the more profitable component of retailers' sales mix, were up a strong 4.7 percent.


Total convenience industry sales increased 2.8 percent last year to a record $708.2 billion. Relatively low gas prices and declining consumption put a damper on fuel sales, which increased only 2 percent. In-store sales, the more profitable component of retailers’ sales mix, were up a strong 4.7 percent.

The 2013 Convenience Store News study notes that C Store foodservice sales grew at plus 6%, far outpacing the rate of growth in the traditionally defined restaurant space in general.  More specifically, average foodservice sales per store were $185,000 in 2012, up 6.9% from 2011, on top of a 6.3% increase over 2010.  It was further noted that total hot and cold beverage sales per convenience store location was $61,000!