Most-Read Stories of 2010

BP oil spill, Casey's vs. Couche-Tard were big, but two other retailers claim No. 1

OAK BROOK, Ill.-- Many retailers and suppliers can sum up 2010 in two letters: BP. The major oil company's spill in the Gulf of Mexico led readers' list of the top stories on the year in terms of both industry-related news and general news in two CSP Daily News polls this week.

About 29% of respondents said the "oil spill's effect on retail" was the top industry story, while about 30% called the spill the top story beyond gasoline/convenience retailing.

Alimentation Couche-Tard's unsuccessful hostile-takeover attempt of Casey's General Stores earned the No. 2 [image-nocss] spot on the industry-related poll with about 19% of the vote, while "interchange-fee reform" took the No. 3 spot with about 13% of the vote. Positions four and five went to "health-care reform" and "the overall effect of the poor economy on the industry," respectively.

The ongoing saga of a possible Casey's General Stores sale, however, drew the most eyeballs to CSP Daily News, where stories of the takeover effortincluding two stories on 7-Eleven's entry into the fray--earned five spots on a list of the top 10 most-read stories of the year.

A complete list of the top 10 most-read stories from the year follows, along with links to refresh your memory or catch up if you missed them the first time.

No. 1) Acquisition Targets?
Consultant says Sheetz, Wawa ripe for acquisition; Stoeckel says, "Ridiculous!"
Original run date: Jan. 16, 2010

No. 2) Casey's Board Acts
Files shareholder rights agreement to prevent Couche-Tard's hostile takeover
Original run date: April 19, 2010

No. 3) Exposing a Vulnerability
Who else could buy Casey's General Stores and how much would it cost?
Original run date: April 14, 2010

No. 4) Flying J Sites to Sell for $1.17 Billion
Bankrupt company files reorganization, breakup papers in court
Original run date: Feb. 12, 2010

No. 5) 'Regular Joe'
Reality show gives 7-Eleven chief DePinto new perspective on company
Original run date: Feb. 22, 2010

No. 6) Blown Cover
Wawa CEO willing to "flounder" behind the scenes, but not undercover
Original run date: March 30, 2010

No. 7) 7-Eleven Adds Intrigue
Alternate bid for Casey's both vexing, beneficial to Couche-Tard buyout effort
Original run date: Sept. 9, 2010

No. 8) No Plan B
Why Couche-Tard is so intent on landing Casey's; analysts offer their two cents
Original run date: June 4, 2010

No. 9) 7-Eleven Makes Casey's Bid
"Mystery bidder" revealed; offers $40 a Share for Casey's
Original run date: Sept. 9, 2010

No. 10) Foodservice Inspiration
The Pantry borrows from Sheetz, is cautioned by Sheetz
Original run date: Aug. 11, 2010

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