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January 22, 2012 Retail Sales Summary (SymphonyIRI)

February 17, 2012

U.S. Sales for Candy and Gum continue growth while units decline from cost inflation
Sales for candy and gum in  food, drug & mass rose 3.8% according to Symphony IRI consumption reports for the latest 52 weeks ending January 22, 2012. Drug led all growth at 5.6% while mass grew 4.1%, and grocery gained 2.8%. Convenience stores also continued their strong growth at 5.7% with latest 12 weeks accelerating with 9.6% growth. Unit sales numbers on the other hand are softening from cost inflation with latest 12 week trends for FDMx off 2.5%, grocery off 3.6%, drug down 3.1%, and convenience stores off 2.9%.

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Independent Grocers at NGA discussed "Real Issues, Real Grocers, Real Solutions"
Real Issues, Real Grocers, Real Solutions was the theme for the NGA conference held in Las Vegas this week. Larry Wilson, V.P. Customer Relations attended the show and met retailers and wholesalers who serve the industry to learn what they are confronting, how they are responding, and where manufacturers, suppliers and NCA can help. View the key takeaways from the conference. Contact Larry Wilson to learn more.