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Apr 27, 2015, 05:42 ET

Consumers Increasingly Turning to Fresh Items in Convenience Stores

Over one in three Americans (34%) say that they have purchased more snacks that are considered "healthy choices" over the past year, and they are...

Apr 14, 2015, 05:11 ET

Consumer Optimism Strengthens as Gas Prices Remain Low, Says NACS

A majority of Americans say they are optimistic about the economy and low gas prices are driving the optimism. Overall, 52% of Americans are...

Mar 10, 2015, 06:11 ET

Consumer Optimism Falls as Gas Prices Rise

Rising gas prices are taking a toll on consumer optimism about the economy, with optimism falling to its lowest level since August 2014. Consumer...

Mar 09, 2015, 08:12 ET

New Resource Builds the Business Case for Produce Sales at Convenience Stores

A primer to help sell more produce in convenience stores was published today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the...

Feb 10, 2015, 06:07 ET

Consumer Optimism Holds -- But Concerns Loom

After a week of rising gas prices, a majority of consumers think that the good times of falling gas prices are over. Almost six in ten consumers...

Feb 02, 2015, 06:07 ET

Even With Lower Gas Prices, Consumers Remain Price Sensitive

Even with gas prices near six-year lows, U.S. consumers are still looking for the best gas prices. Three in five (63%) consumers say they would...

Jan 26, 2015, 10:06 ET

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Retail Channel Growth

 The U.S. convenience store count increased to 152,794 stores as of December 31, 2014, a nearly 1% increase from the year prior, according to...

Nov 12, 2014, 05:41 ET

Falling Gas Prices May Boost Holiday Spending

Declining gas prices may increase holiday spending this year — especially among men and those ages 18-34, according to a new national survey...

Oct 09, 2014, 13:42 ET

New Survey: 1 in 9 Americans Worked at a Convenience Store

One in nine American adults has worked in a convenience store and they say that the experience gave them valuable experience in how to work with...

Oct 07, 2014, 06:13 ET

Consumer Optimism Holds Steady - But Will It Translate to Spending?

 Economic optimism held steady in October, with 46% of gas consumers saying that they were optimistic about the economy, according to the...

Sep 09, 2014, 05:47 ET

As Gas Prices Fall, Consumer Optimism Surges

Economic optimism rebounded sharply in September, with 47% of gas consumers saying that they were optimistic about the economy, the highest level...

Aug 12, 2014, 05:11 ET

Consumer Optimism Plummets in August

Just as quickly as consumer optimism surged in July, it plummeted in August, even as gas prices fell by more than 15 cents over the past...

Jul 15, 2014, 05:47 ET

Good News for Retailers: Consumer Optimism Surges

Consumer optimism about the economy reached a 12-month high, good news for retailers hoping that a strong second half of 2014 can compensate for...

Jun 10, 2014, 06:11 ET

Consumer Optimism Far From Sunny

Despite souring views on the economy, consumers still intend to keep their plans to hit the road this summer. More than one in five (22%)...

Jun 09, 2014, 05:27 ET

Modern Fueling Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling — and even retail as a whole — when convenience store operator John Roscoe...

May 16, 2014, 06:33 ET

Americans Are Primed for Travel This Summer

Americans plan to put the severe winter weather in their rearview mirrors and travel more frequently this summer, according to the results of a...

May 13, 2014, 05:33 ET

Consumer Optimism Takes a Big Hit

Rising gas prices during the annual spring transition to summer-blend fuels has finally driven down consumer optimism about the economy, which fell...

Apr 02, 2014, 12:15 ET

Convenience Stores Hit Record In-Store Sales in 2013

U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales in 2013, with sales climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5...

Mar 13, 2014, 12:02 ET

NACS Issues Position Relating to the Sale of E-Cigarettes

Convenience stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as age restricted and...

Mar 11, 2014, 14:13 ET

Nothing Can Seem to Derail Current Consumer Optimism

Despite a sharp increase in gas prices over the past month and consumer expectations that prices will climb higher over the next 30 days, consumers...