By Chris Blasinsky
ALEXANDRIA, VA—NACS CSX data for the month of June extended the upward sales trend throughout the U.S. convenience retail channel, including some of the more non-traditional in-store categories that continue to attract consumers throughout the pandemic and economic downturn.
Merchandise sales performed extremely well in June: Per store/per month in-store merchandise sales (excluding cigarettes) increased 13.4%, compared with June 2019, while cigarette sales grew 7.4%, and beer sales increased 37.1%. Ice cream/frozen novelties continued to enjoy a significant sales increase, up 37.8% in June compared with June 2019, while the following categories also saw a strong year-over-year increase:
- Alternative snacks: +57.3%
- Non-edible grocery: +48.4%
- Packaged sweet snacks: +39.4%
- Perishable grocery: +23.1%
(Data reported in accordance with NACS Category Definitions)
Foodservice began showing positive sales growth in June for the first time since February, per CSX data, increasing 2.4% in June 2020 compared with June 2019, while commissary continued to be a bright spot for c-store foodservice, up 19.3%. Hot dispensed beverage sales and cold and frozen dispensed beverages continued to lag, an indicator of some state and local restrictions on self-serve.
Although per store/per month fuel sales were down in June compared with June 2019 (-29.8%), gross profit dollars increased 31%. This is a stark contrast to per store/per month fuel sales in April, which hit rock bottom at -55.3% compared with April 2019.
NACS CSX data are a subset of the annual NACS State of the Industry data received from monthly subscribers; the data are representative of all NACS regions. CSX is a dynamic, self-reported subscription database serving the convenience and fuel retailing industry and its stakeholders. For more information, visit convenience.org/CSX or email Chris Rapanick.
Chris Blasinsky is the NACS content communications strategist; she can be reached at email@example.com, and on Twitter and LinkedIn.