McLane-NATSO Foundation Index Reports Total Merchandise Purchases Down 1%

The total merchandise purchases per week per travel plaza and truckstop were down 1 percent versus 2011 (excluding cigarettes) reversing gains in the first quarter, according to the Second Quarter 2012 McLane-NATSO Foundation Index. The McLane-NATSO Foundation Index is produced quarterly and offers NATSO members the opportunity to compare their weekly convenience store purchases with travel plazas and truckstops convenience stores served by McLane. 

Among other interesting findings, the McLane-NATSO Foundation Index found when comparing the first six months of 2012 with the same period a year earlier, average purchases per week per travel plaza and truckstop:

  • Automotive Products (down 5 percent) reversed an upward trend; 
  • Salty snacks (up 6 percent) and other snacks (up 9 percent) showed the strongest gains versus 2011; 
  • Cold dispensed beverages (up 4 percent) demonstrate the importance of high margin fountain drinks.

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This article originally ran in NATSO News Weekly (NNW), NATSO's member only weekly electronic newsletter. NNW is packed with the latest updates on government and business issues affecting the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

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Amy Toner

Toner markets NATSO products, services and meetings. She is the content editor of NATSO's core websites, Stop Watch magazine and Highway Business Matters biweekly articles. In addition, she provides creative services across all departments. Toner joined NATSO in 2006. Prior to joining the association, she served as director of membership services at an association for ambulatory surgery centers. Toner lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. More
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