Candy Sales Up, Gum Down
July 22, 2013
Washington — Candy and gum sales increased 1.8 percent to $22.8 billion during the 52 weeks ending June 16 compared with the same period a year prior, Information Resources, Inc. data show. Total sales during the four weeks ending June 12 increased 3.1 percent from 2012.
While supermarkets and grocery stores, the mass channel and c-stores saw an uptick in total candy and gum sales, the drug store channel saw a 1.5 percent decrease during the 52 week period. Overall, chocolate candy and breath freshener sales increased 6.8 percent and 11 percent respectively, however gum sales dropped 6.7 percent and novelty chocolate candy sales went down 10.1 percent, IRI reports.
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