The convenience retail sector is continuing to outperform mainstream grocery and is to hit sales of £32bn by 2010, despite falling store numbers.

While grocery as a whole grew 4.2% to £119.8bn in the last 12 months, c-stores grew their sales by 4.9% to £23.9bn, according to IGD.

Its 2005 Convenience Retailing Report says that average store sales in the convenience market rose 7.7% year-on-year.

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