Smoking-Accessory Sales Continue to Fall Off

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Smoking-Accessory Sales Continue to Fall Off in Convenience Stores

Smoking-accessories continue to lag in c-stores, on a 4-year downward trend.

Tobacco Product Sales Data

IRI Convenience AllScan data for 52 weeks ending Jan. 26, 2014

Subcategory

Dollar SalesPCYAUnit SalesPCYA
Cigarettes$51,600,060,000-1.32%8,532,557,000-2.10%
Smoking Accessories$248,264,500-3.03%157,369,500-5.68%
Cigars$2,352,518,000-2.61%1,514,840,0002.34%
Smokeless Tobacco$5,209,886,0007.48%1,270,566,0003.83%
Electronic Smoking Devices$551,639,500163.80%51,124,650183.95%
Pipe Tobacco$74,982,7004.76%9,841,71512.62%
IRI

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Generally, the tobacco category appears relatively healthy, with four of six subcategories growing, according to 52-week convenience store data ending Jan. 26, 2014, from IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm (@iriworldwide). However, the fact cigarettes account for 80% of tobacco sales in c-stores and are down more than 2% tells a different story.