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Convenience stores show resilience

03 July, 2012
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The convenience retail sector continues to demonstrate its resilience against the economic tide, according to Christie & Co's Business Outlook Summer 2012 publication, its first-ever interim report.

The report highlighted the fact that in the petrol forecourt arena, sales had been boosted by the 'panic-buying spree' brought on by conflicting opinions about the possibility of strike-action by tanker drivers in March.

It said that steady rather than spectacular transactional activity had typified a first half of 2012 where markets had learned to operate in a 'new normal'. Across all retail, there was hope and expectation that debt funding would become more widely available, boosted by the government's announcement of a new loan guarantee scheme for smaller and medium-sized businesses.

Steve Rodell, director and head of retail at Christie & Co, said: "Relatively few convenience stores are showing falls in sales while many are finding a safe haven in migrating to symbol brands, as we identified in Business Outlook 2012. Regionally, a change in consumer spending habits is seeing shoppers favouring local stores over the more costly trips to out-of-town supermarkets."

As Christie & Co also predicted, the restructuring of the Post Office sector has made for a lively first quarter in the transactional marketplace.





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Weekly retail fuel prices: 15 January 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East124.9460.90131.85122.27
East Midlands124.34132.31121.54
London125.0662.90132.42122.10
North East123.94133.63121.07
North West124.1658.50132.51121.18
Northern Ireland123.4169.90128.40120.85
Scotland124.5774.90130.88121.33
South East125.1561.40132.52122.48
South West124.73130.24121.91
Wales124.44128.57121.19
West Midlands123.7465.23132.27121.20
Yorkshire & Humber123.9161.90132.74121.12

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