Independent c-stores were saved from a more dramatic decline in sales by an above-inflation increase of +3.9% in average basket spend vs May 2018.

June 27, 2019
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Increased basket spend kept c-stores going in May

BRC-Springboard reported a dramatic fall in high street footfall in the four-week period to 25 May. In c-stores, the extra day in May helped May footfall figures to stay ahead of April in all regions. Nationally, footfall increased by 1.6% over the previous month. Year on year, however, footfall performance wasn’t great. A lack of sunshine this May kept the summer BBQ season at bay which is the likely cause of -5.5% footfall decline vs May 2018.

Independent c-stores were saved from a more dramatic decline in sales by an above-inflation increase of +3.9% in average basket spend vs May 2018. So the combination of decreased footfall and increased basket spend meant that average sales per store only declined by -1.3% compared to May 2018.

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