The convenience sector demonstrated marginally stronger sales growth than the multiples during 1999 and 2000, according to Mintel. Retail consultant Richard Caines said: "The smaller food businesses are witnessing a revival, and have shown stronger growth during 1999 and 2000 (7.7%) than their larger rivals (7.4%)." The growth has been driven by convenience multiples, symbol membership and the expansion into a wider convenience offering from many unaffiliated independents, said Caines with higher sales growth from fewer operators. The sector was well positioned in the event of recession in that c-store shoppers are less price aware. {{NEWS }}