Last month’s NACS SOI findings once again illustrated clearly that the story at the pump is not the best news. Gasoline margins keep trending down, retail prices are rising and overall consumption trends and volumes are declining.
Soon you will receive the joint CSP/NACS State of the Industry Summit Special Issue, which reports on all the latest industry numbers. Preliminary figures were reviewed last month in Chicago at the annual summit.
This is a month when we see how our new year’s resolutions play out. Based on the recent CSP Outlook Survey in our December issue, retailers were more bullish on business in the year ahead than they have been over the last few annual surveys.
In the wake of the recent elections, I keep thinking that the country seems more polarized than any other time I can recall. I wonder if my impression is skewed because here in Phoenix the contest was so intense and the outcome was disappointing to so many.
I was amazed to learn that since President Abraham Lincoln’s death in 1865, there have been more than 16,000 books written about him, including four new ones that have either been or will soon be published.
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!