The number of convenience stores on forecourts has declined slightly over the past year, but leading dealer groups are driving growth in the c-store sector, according to the latest data from IGD Retail Analysis and Wm Reed Business Media.

They found that the overall number of stores grew 0.4% to 46,980 in the year to March 31, 2017, but convenience forecourts fell from 8,478 to 8,434 over the same period.

The report noted: "Once again, the forecourt segment returned to modest decline."