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3 in 10 Holiday Travelers Will Boost Spending

Published on October 25, 2010
Among the 39% of Americans who plan to travel this holiday season, almost one-third (30%) say they expect to spend more than last year, according to the October 2010 American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.Average Traveler to Spend $460 On average, travelers plan to spend $460 per person with that figure jumping to $500 per person among young professionals and $560 among affluents....
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Gas Prices Affect Consumer Choices

Published on September 09, 2010
Substantial percentages of US consumers are altering behavioral and spending choices in response to high gas prices, according to a recent Nielsen Company survey.Price, Incentives Draw Gas Consumers In one intuitive response, Nielsen data indicates that nearly half (45%) of US households are diligently seeking lower gas prices. In addition, some consumers buy gas at locations because of...
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Self-serve Regular Gas Price Slightly Drops in July – Update

Published on July 30, 2010
The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline has edged down 0.4% since June 2010, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA) Fuel Gauge Report.As of July 30, 2010, the average price for a gallon of self-service regular gas in the U.S. was $2.74 (all price estimates are rounded up to the nearest whole penny), a 0.4% decrease from $2.75 one month ago. The price...
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Few Consumers See Travel Value Rising

Published on June 22, 2010
In one bad sign for the summer travel season, relatively few consumers think the value in major travel categories rose between 2009 and 2010, according to a recent survey from Compete.One in Five Thinks Hotels, Cruises Gaining Value
Travel Value
In their assessment of "value," Compete asked survey respondents to consider factors including price and amenities in four major travel...
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Summer Travel Plans on the Rise

Published on May 26, 2010
An increasing number of consumers plan to engage in leisure travel this Memorial Day weekend and summer, according to a new survey from Deloitte.Consumers Remember Memorial Day Travel Option Almost one-third of respondents to the Deloitte survey (31%) said they will take a trip this Memorial Day long weekend (May 29-31, 2010). That is up from 24% who said they would travel for Memorial...
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Americans Make Vacation Plans

Published on May 18, 2010
Summer travel is a priority for the majority of Americans despite the economic downturn, according to the May 2010 American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.More than Half of US Plans Summer Getaway More than half (51%) of the general US population is planning a vacation this summer. Affluents (73%) and young professionals (83%) are even more likely to take a vacation. Those surveyed...
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Pilot Travel Centers Chases Coffee Biz

Published on January 04, 2010
The increasingly crowded premium coffee retail market is gaining another player. Pilot Travel Centers, operator of 325 interstate travel centers in 41 states, is launching a major initiative this year to promote its premium coffee products.Social networking plays a significant role in Pilot’s effort to obtain premium coffee marketshare. Pilot has launched a new Facebook fan page [reg....
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Best Buy Electrifies Product Assortment

Published on July 07, 2009
Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. is continuing its trend of diversifying product assortments by branching into the electric-powered vehicle niche. According to the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy is piloting the sales of electric two-wheeled vehicles, including Segways, at 19 stores in California, Oregon and Washington.This summer, Best Buy will reportedly further expand its...
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Bucko’s Pantry Agrees to Gas Refunds

Published on June 04, 2009
Convenience store retailer Bucko’s Pantry has reached a $4,000 settlement in a price gouging case brought by the Virginia Attorney General’s office. According to Convenience Store News, $400 of the settlement will be used to refund consumers who paid as much as $5.79 a gallon for gas at three Virginia Bucko's locations in September 2008.The state of Virginia had accused Bucko’s of...
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Citgo Gas Stations Go Online

Published on May 01, 2009
Petroleum supplier Citgo Petroleum Corp. is providing a web page for all of its approximately 7,000 owner-operated U.S. retail locations.According to Convenience Store News, operators are able to customize their sites to match specific products and services offered at an individual store. Sites can also promote prices, special offers, store hours, community and charity projects, and...
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