C-Store Cigarette Sales Dip as E-Cigs Continue to Skyrocket

Published in CSP Daily News

At midyear, the largest in-store category--cigarettes--was down 3.3% in volume while e-cigarettes were the fastest-growing at +25.4%.

Top 10 Subcategories

C-store sales, 24 weeks ending June 15, 2014

Subcategory C-store sales ($ millions) PCYA* Unit sales (millions) PCYA*
Cigarettes $23,069.9 -1.8% 3,773.9 -3.3%
Beer/ale/alcoholic cider $7,456.4 3.8% 1,423.4 4.3%
Carbonated beverages $3,855.2 -0.9% 2,296.0 -1.0%
Energy drinks $3,479.4 3.9% 1,397.5 4.2%
Smokeless tobacco $2,458.6 5.4% 587.4 2.0%
Salty snacks $2,022.7 4.7% 1,218.0 2.2%
Bottled water $1,407.1 4.3% 899.5 3.0%
Chocolate candy $1,226.3 2.4% 863.1 0.4%
Cigars $1,081.5 1.1% 721.6 7.1%
Sports drinks $1,068.4 6.9% 610.1 6.7%

Source: IRI

* Percent change from a year ago


Subcategories on the Move

C-store sales, 24 weeks ending June 15, 2014

Category Dollars PCYA* Units PCYA*
Electronic smoking devices 27.0% 25.4%
Automobile fluids/antifreeze 26.9% 20.0%
Bakery snacks 24.8% 12.8%
Shelf-stable canned juices 19.1% 13.9%
Spirits/liquor 17.1% 19.3%
Wine 14.5% 8.0%
Refrigerated entrees 8.6% 7.4%
Dried meat snacks 8.0% 4.4%
RTD tea/coffee 7.1% 3.5%
Sports drinks 6.9% 6.7%

Source: IRI

* Percent change from a year ago

IRI

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