When is an adult not an adult? That question is being asked more frequently as an increasing number of states, and now local governments, seek to place further restrictions on the sale of tobacco products by raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products. However, raising the legal age also has unintended financial consequences for retailers and state governments.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!