By the end of 2018 almost 1 in 5 (18.8%) independent c-stores sold roll-your-own tobacco at +5% or more above recommended retail price (RRP).

March 20, 2019
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Independent c-stores compensate for depressed footfall by increasing Tobacco prices

2018 was a turbulent year for independent c-stores for many reasons. They had to try to adjust to some 30% fall in Tobacco footfall following the introduction of minimum cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco pack sizes in May 2017. For many independent c-stores Tobacco is still the main source of sales revenue. It is not a surprise therefore, that some independent retailers attempted to compensate for reduced footfall by increasing cigarette and roll-your-own tobacco prices. By the end of 2018 almost 1 in 5 (18.8%) independent c-stores sold roll-your-own tobacco at +5% or more above recommended retail price (RRP).

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