NPD: Convenience stores a growing competitor

Analysts say consumers' need for 'grab-and-go' fueled 2Q sales and traffic increase

Customers citing the need to get “in-and-out quickly” for food and beverage purchases helped drive increases in convenience-store traffic, sales and average visits during the second quarter of 2010.

Convenience store traffic rose 8 percent while sales jumped 11 percent for the quarter ended in June, according to The NPD Group, the Chicago-based market research company.

Frequency of c-store visits also increased in the quarter. NPD’s “Convenience Sto

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