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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...

Feb 11, 2014, 06:04 ET

Consumer Optimism Inches Upward

Consumer optimism about the economy continues to inch upward after bottoming out in October 2013, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels...

Feb 02, 2014, 12:12 ET

Gas Customers Evolve in How They Shop for Price

Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy gas at a particular location, but how consumers shop for that price is shifting, according to...

Jan 23, 2014, 10:10 ET

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Impressive Growth

The U.S. convenience store count increased to 151,282 stores as of December 31, 2013, a 1.4% increase (2,062 stores) from the year prior, according...

Jan 15, 2014, 14:56 ET

Consumer Sentiment Up as 2014 Begins

As the new year begins, consumers are feeling better about the economy than they have since last summer, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer...

Dec 30, 2013, 10:37 ET

Consumers Saw More Gas Discounts, Fresh Foods at Convenience Stores in 2013

While the price of gas was what consumers most noticed at convenience stores in 2013, they also say that they have increasingly noticed stores...

Dec 12, 2013, 12:52 ET

Consumers to Increase Their Holiday Shopping at Convenience Stores

Harried consumers seeking to complete their holiday shopping say that they will rely more on convenience stores this year for quick snacks,...

Dec 10, 2013, 05:30 ET

It's Not Quite 'Bah, Humbug!' But Consumer Pessimism Lingers

 Despite relatively low gas prices, consumers still aren't feeling great about the economy. For the fourth straight month at least three in...

Nov 25, 2013, 14:24 ET
100th anniversary: The first modern gas station opened in Pittsburgh on December 1, 1913. Gas sold for 27 cents per gallon -- $6.39 in today's dollars.  (PRNewsFoto/National Association of Convenience Stores)

The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100th Anniversary

 With as many as 200 million drivers expected to fill up over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend, a significant anniversary affecting them will...

Nov 14, 2013, 06:50 ET

Consumers Like 'Green' Car Options - As Long as Green Means Money

Consumers want to see more alternative-fueled vehicles emerge over the next decade, and are willing to consider purchasing one of these vehicles,...

Nov 12, 2013, 07:55 ET
Price fluctuations (increases or decreases) have a greater impact than overall prices when it comes to consumer sentiment.  (PRNewsFoto/National Association of Convenience Stores)

Consumer Optimism Rebounds as Holiday Shopping Season Approaches

Following three straight months of rising pessimism, consumers today report feeling better about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS...