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State of the U.S. Convenience Store Industry
A Market Analysis (2005)

  • Publication Date:September 2005
  • Publisher:RNCOS
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:90

State of the U.S. Convenience Store Industry A Market Analysis (2005)

The convenience stores in America in the recent times have moved towards high-end technology systems that ensure better customer service and efficient security checks. Consequently, the market for Convenience Stores in United States is reported to have witnessed a rise in the number of stores by 5.82% in 2004-05 totaling 138,205 stores across the country. The market research report "State of the U.S. Convenience Store Industry - A Market Analysis (2005)" published, provides a detailed study on the recent economic and technological trends, changes in consumers' preferences, analysis of sales volume and government policies that ensure better prospects for the US Convenience Store Industry in the coming years.

Study of the industry sources revealed that 2004-05 has proved to be a profitable year for the industry surging a stupendous growth of near about 17.1% registering a record sales of US $394.7billion. Further, introduction of ATM services and advances in security deliveries lured a large number of customers to shop from convenience stores compared to supermarkets and hypermarkets.

With significant scale advantages, economies favor large chain operators in c-stores industry to introduce newer and innovative product-lines that have skyrocketed the profit margin to 23.5%, reaching $4.99billion in 2004-05. The publicly traded convenience stores have outperformed many S&P 500 composite (Standard & Poor's 500 Composite Stock Price Index) and the S&P 500 retail indexes in United States for the past four years.

Convenience stores are major contributors to America's economy, as well as to Americans' standard of living and quality of life. The market research report, "State of the U.S. Convenience Store Industry - A Market Analysis (2005)", highlights the key statistics on industry revenue, industry product sales, employment, establishments, domestic demand, and total wages. It also provides a snapshot of the main products and services offered by this industry and throws light on the factors that have a major influence on the industry. Market analysts and researchers interested in the U.S. convenience store industry can use the report for decision making and getting accurate data and statistics of the industry.

Report Highlights

  • Analyzes US retail store industry and sales of food products in C-Stores by regional distribution of shops and retailers
  • Provides analytical overview on the growth of US C-stores, product-wise (2005-2007)
  • Assessing the Changing Trends in consumer shopping behavior and preferences
  • C-Stores trade analysis (2005-2007): Estimating the growth factors.
  • Advances in technology, an insight to the retail technology vis--vis proliferating growth rate within the sector
  • Government policies and foreign investment, assessing the formidable structure and market components responding to the state of changes.
  • Are US convenience stores industry open new employment opportunities in US?
  • A review of US Convenience Store Industry, 2005: Count, sales, growth percentage of C-stores, Co-operatives, Petrol Forecourts, Multiples, discounters

Report Features

Chapters 2 provides an introduction whereas chapter 3 of this "State of the U.S. Convenience Store Industry - A Market Analysis (2005)" report analyze the US retail market distribution and product mix. A market analysis of the US C-stores industry is done in chapter 4. Chapter 5 covers the government rules and regulations related to the US Convenience Stores Market. Chapters 6 and 7 deal with the consumer behavior and product trends in the industry.

Chapter 8 does a SWOT analysis of the US c-stores industry. Chapters 9, 10 and 11 discuss about technology and its significance in the industry, investments, current issues and developments, and future outlook. Chapter 12 talks in detail about the role of major players in the industry.

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Analysis of the US Retail Market Distribution and Product Mix
    • 3.1. Food and Non-Food Retail Sector
    • 3.2. Petroleum and Gas Retailing Services
    • 3.3. Convenience Multiples
  • 4. US C-Stores Industry Market, 2005
    • 4.1. Total Number of US C-Stores, 2004-05
    • 4.2. Number of C-Stores: Regional and State-level Analysis, 2004 & 2005
      • 4.2.1. Northeast Region
      • 4.2.2. Southern States
      • 4.2.3. Midwest States
      • 4.2.4. Western States
      • 4.2.5. Cities with maximum number of increase in C-Stores
    • 4.3. Total Single Stores and Chain Stores in Operation, 2005
    • 4.4. C-Stores selling Motor Fuels, 2004-05
    • 4.5. In-Store Sales, 2004-05
    • 4.6. C-Stores closed in US, 2004
    • 4.7. Growth and Sales Analysis of US C-Stores Companies, 2004
    • 4.8. Employment Opportunities in US C-Stores
  • 5. US C-Stores Market - Government Rules and Regulations
  • 6. US Consumer Buying Behavior and Expenditure Pattern
    • 6.1. US Consumer Profile
    • 6.2. US Consumer Expenditure
    • 6.3. US Consumer Shopping Frequency
    • 6.4. Choosing C-Store Format
  • 7. Product Sales Trends in US C-Stores, 2005
    • 7.1. Key Product Categories
      • 7.1.1. Tobacco and Cigarettes
      • 7.1.2. Coffee/Hot Beverages
      • 7.1.3. Soft Drinks
      • 7.1.4. Food Service
      • 7.1.5. Sports Beverages
      • 7.1.6. Beer
      • 7.1.7. Snacks
      • 7.1.8. Gasoline
      • 7.1.9. Lottery
    • 7.2. Product Market Share Gains Forecast
  • 8. US C-Stores Industry - SWOT Analysis
  • 9. Technology Trends in US C-Stores
  • 10. Recent Developments and Current Issues
  • 11. Outlook for the US Convenience Store Industry
    • 11.1. Future Forces and Outlook
    • 11.2. Competitive Outlook
    • 11.3. Technology Outlook
    • 11.4. Planning Premises
      • 11.4.1. Margin Pressures
      • 11.4.2. Mergers and Acquisitions
      • 11.4.3. Strategic Options: Optimizing the Product Categories
      • 11.4.4. Strategic Options: Building the Convenience Business
  • 12. Profiles of Top US C-Store Companies
    • 12.1. Shell Oil Products US
    • 12.2. 7-Eleven Inc.
    • 12.3. BP North American
    • 12.4. Exxon Mobile Corp.
    • 12.5. Alimentation Couche-Tard
    • 12.6. Chevron Corporation
    • 12.7. Speedway SuperAmerica LLC
    • 12.8. Sunoco Inc.
    • 12.9. Valero Energy Corp.
    • 12.10. Pantry Inc.
    • 12.11. Casey's General Stores Inc.
    • 12.12. Kroger Company
  • List of Figures:
    • Figure 3-1: Global Food Market Size (%), 2003, 2010 & 2020
    • Figure 3-2: US - Total Retail Sales and Food Services ($ Million), 2000-August' 2005
    • Figure 3-3: US - Percentage of Motor Fuel Sales in Convenience Stores, 2004
    • Figure 3-4: Number of Convenience Multiples (in Number), 2002 & 2004
    • Figure 4-1: US - Total Number of C-Stores (in Number and % Change), 2003-04 & 2004-05
    • Figure 4-2: US - Total Convenience Store Industry Sales ($ Billion), 1998-2004
    • Figure 4-3: US - Saturation Figures (2004 & 2005)
    • Figure 4-4: Region Wise Percentage Increase in Number of C-Stores
    • Figure 4-5: North East US - Total Number of C-Stores by States
    • Figure 4-6: South US - Total Number of C-Stores by States
    • Figure 4-7: Mid-West US - Total Number of C-Stores by States
    • Figure 4-8: West US - Total Number of C-Stores by States
    • Figure 4-9: US - Market Size by Percentage of Stores
    • Figure 4-10: US - Market Segmentation of Single Stores (%), 2005
    • Figure 4-11: States with Highest and Lowest Percentage of Motor Fuel Sales
    • Figure 4-12: Growth in Various Retail Formats (%)
    • Figure 4-13: In-Stores Sales Increase (%), 2003 & 2004-05
    • Figure 4-14: In-Store Sales by Products (%), 2004-05
    • Figure 6-1: US - Percentage Change in Consumer Expenditure on Food by Regions
    • Figure 6-2: C-Stores Shopping Frequency in Merchandise and Gasoline (%)
    • Figure 7-1: Market Share in C-Stores by Product (%), 2005
    • Figure 7-2: Soft Drink Sales Distribution (%)
    • Figure 7-3: Juice Drinks Sales in Convenience Stores (%), 2004
    • Figure 7-4: Most Popular Menu Format of Branded Quick-Service Restaurants at C-Stores
    • Figure 7-5: Category-wise Sales of Beer in C-Store (%)
    • Figure 7-6: Sales of Beer from Various Distribution Channels (%)
    • Figure 7-7: Sales of Various Salty Snacks in C-Stores ($ Billion)
    • Figure 7-8: Product Market Share Gains Forecast (%)
    • Figure 12-1: Shell Oil Products US - Stock Chart (2005-06)
    • Figure 12-2: 7-Eleven Inc. - Stock Chart, 2005
    • Figure 12-3: BP Plc - Stock Chart, 2005
    • Figure 12-4: Exxon Mobile Corp - Stock Chart, 2005
    • Figure 12-5: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. - Sales by Geographical Segmentation, 2005
    • Figure 12-6: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. - Stock Chart (2000-2005)
    • Figure 12-7: Chevron Corp. - Stock Chart (2005-06)
    • Figure 12-8: Sunoco Inc. - Stock Chart (2005-06)
    • Figure 12-9: Valero Energy Corp. - Stock Chart, 2005
    • Figure 12-10: Casey's General Stores Inc. - Sales by Products (%)
    • Figure 12-11: Casey's General Stores Inc. - Stock Chart, 2005
  • List of Tables:
    • Table 2-1: Structure of Convenience Storefront by Size and Operation (in Sq. ft.) and Services Offered
    • Table 4-1: US - Historical Growth of C-Stores (1973, 1983 & 1993)
    • Table 4-2: US - Total Number of C-Stores by States
    • Table 4-3: US - Motor Fuel Station Count by States (in Number), 1998-2005
    • Table 4-4: Selected Annual Change in Retail Sales (Average Annual percentage Change), 2000-2003
    • Table 4-5: US - C-Stores Closed (in Number), 2004
    • Table 4-6: US - Top 50 C-Store Companies, 2004
    • Table 4-7: Average Wage Rates for the Various Roles in the Industry (Per Hour Basis)
    • Table 4-8: US - Convenience Stores Employment Statistics (2001-2004)
    • Table 6-1: Internet Activity by Shopping Frequency
    • Table 6-2: Important Factors in deciding which Convenience Store to Shop for Gasoline
    • Table 7-1: Important Factors in deciding where to Shop for Cigarettes
    • Table 7-2: Convenience Stores - Single Serve Sales
    • Table 7-3: Per Store Average Sales for Foodservice Categories, 2004
    • Table 7-4: Average Sales of Snacks per Store
    • Table 7-5: Distribution of Motor Fuels Sales from Convenience Stores
    • Table 7-6: Lottery - Average Spending per Visit
    • Table 12-1: Shell Oil Products US - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-2: Shell Oil Products US - Competitive Landscape
    • Table 12-3: Shell Oil Products US - Key Management Profiles
    • Table 12-4: 7-Eleven Inc. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-5: 7-Eleven Inc. - Key Management Profiles
    • Table 12-6: BP Plc. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-7: BP Plc. - Sales by Geographic Segmentation, 2004
    • Table 12-8: BP Plc. - Key Management Profiles
    • Table 12-9: Exxon Mobile Corp. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-10: Exxon Mobile Corp. - Comparison to Industry & Market
    • Table 12-11: Exxon Mobile Corp - Competitive Landscape
    • Table 12-12: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-13: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. - Key Management Profile
    • Table 12-14: Chevron Corp. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-15: Chevron Corp. - Comparison to Industry & Market
    • Table 12-16: Chevron Corp. - Key Management Profile
    • Table 12-17: Speedway SuperAmerica LLC. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-18: Speedway SuperAmerica LLC. - Competitive Landscape
    • Table 12-19: Speedway SuperAmerica LLC. - Key Management Profile
    • Table 12-20: Sunoco Inc. - Financial Performance (2004 & 2005)
    • Table 12-21: Valero Energy Corp. - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-22: Valero Energy Corp. - Comparison to Industry & Market
    • Table 12-23: Valero Energy Corp. - Competitive Landscape
    • Table 12-24: Valero Energy Corp. - Key Management Profiles
    • Table 12-25: Casey's General Stores Inc. - Financial Performance (2003-2005)
    • Table 12-26: Casey's General Stores Inc. - Key Management Profiles
    • Table 12-27: Kroger Company - Financial Performance (2002-2004)
    • Table 12-28: Kroger Company - Comparison to Industry & Market
    • Table 12-29: Kroger Company - Key Management Profiles
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