January 10, 2013
Confectionery sales lose steam in the autumn months
The 52-week period dollar sales for FDMx increased a modest 1.6 percent while four week sales ending December 2, 2012, were off 1.5 percent. Chocolate posted the most gains with a 2.8 percent increase during the past 52 weeks while non-chocolate followed closely at 2.2 percent. Gum continued to lag with a 4.9 percent decrease.
The grocery channel showed the largest jump in total candy and gum sales in the 52-week period with a 1.9 percent increase while the drug channel was nearly flat with a 0.4 percent increase overall.
Despite the weak growth figures this fall, NCA still predicts that the confectionery industry will end the year with solid growth in both retail sales and per capita consumption.
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