Convenience store sales of cigarettes fell 1.4%, with units off more than 2% in 2013, according to IRI. The biggest areas of growth in the category could be found in smokeless—unit sales rose nearly 4% for chewing tobacco and snuff, with spitless tobacco up almost 3%. Electronic smoking devices—IRI’s term for e-cigarettes—rose by triple-digit percentages on an expanding base.
What follows on this page and in the rest of this special Category Management Handbook issue of CSP magazine are highlights of category performance in 2013. We hope this handbook provides a helpful road map for the coming year and highlights opportunities for convenience stores.