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Casey’s Reports Strong Results For Q4 Earnings

Casey’s reports significant sales and margin gains in its fiscal fourth-quarter. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported a 1.4% increase in earnings for the fiscal fourth-quarter due to strong sales and higher margins inside its stores, which offset impacts of lower gasoline margins. The Iowa-based company’s revenue has grown for more than two years due to

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BP Stations Running Out of Gas in New England

A fuel distributor with ties to Getty Marketing has been cutting back on deliveries over the past few weeks causing more than 200 BP gas station owners across New England to struggle to keep their doors open. Some have started to run out of gas altogether. All of the region’s BP stations have been affected,

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Walgreens July Sales Up 4.7%

Fiscal 2011 year-to-date sales up 7% from fiscal 2010. Walgreens opened 13 stores during the month of July, including three relocations, and closed one store for a net increase of nine in the month. The drug store chain reported July sales of $5.82 billion, an increase of 4.7% from $5.56 billion for the same month

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Susser Holdings Predicts Q2 Operating Results

Susser adds six new convenience stores and eight dealer sites  in second quarter. Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the second quarter of 2011 of approximately 5.8% year-over-year when it releases its second quarter operating results next month. Retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to increase

What’s Next With Swipe Fees?

“Since credit cards were introduced more than 60 years ago, no one dared step in to challenge the powerful banks. We did. And we got change,” said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour in his Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. NACS’ “audacious goal” to fight swipe fees, said Armour,

NRC Arranges $46 Million Financing For GPM

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has arranged a $46 million senior secured credit facility for GPM Investments LLC (GPM) through an affiliate of Bayside Capital Inc.   The Bayside facility will replace existing loans as well as provide additional operating capital.  GPM is owner of the Fas Mart and Shore Stop chain of

Is Couche-Tard Out?

After Casey’s shareholders rejected Couche-Tard’s nominees for the board of directors last week, and instead reelected its standing board, analysts are weighing in on whether or not Couche-Tard is out of the game and whether 7-Eleven will come through with a bid. U.S. billionaire and hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, founder of SAC Capital Advisors

Breaking News: Shareholders Reelect Casey’s Board

Casey’s General Stores Inc. today announced that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor, shareholders have reelected by a wide margin all eight of the company’s incumbent directors to Casey’s Board of Directors at the Company’s Annual Meeting held earlier today, Sept. 23. The incumbent directors include: Diane C. Bridgewater, Johnny

Casey’s To Acquire 52 Stores

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its first quarter of fiscal 2011 results ended July 31, 2010, and with it an announcement that it has signed commitments to acquire an additional 52 locations, which it anticipates purchasing by the end of the calendar year. Casey’s reported basic earnings per share of $0.73 and approximately $6.2

The Pantry Names Mark Bierley as CFO

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has appointed Mark Bierley as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 27, 2010. Bierley replaces Frank Paci, who has informed the board of directors that he plans to resign, effective Sept. 26, 2010, to pursue

Susser Reports Q2 Results

Susser Holdings Corp. posted a second-quarter loss on debt-refinancing impacts but also reported stronger merchandise and fuel sales. Its same-store merchandise sales for the second quarter of 2010 increased by 3.1%, compared with growth of 2.5% in the first quarter of 2010 and 4.6% in the second quarter of 2009.  Retail merchandise margin increased to

Delek US Reports Q2 Results

Delek US Holdings Inc. has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2010. For the three months ended June 30, 2010, Delek US reported net income from continuing operations of $15.0 million ($0.28 per diluted share) compared to $29.6 million ($0.54 per diluted share) in the second quarter 2009. Excluding special items, the

Sunoco Reports Q2 Results

Sunoco Inc. reported its 2010 second quarter results today, including a net income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $145 million ($1.20 per share diluted) compared to a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $55 million ($.47 per share diluted) for the second quarter of 2009. “While market conditions during the second quarter remained challenging,

Rite Aid Reports Sales Dip for July

Drug store chain Rite Aid Corp. has announced that for the four weeks ended July 24, 2010, same store sales decreased 1.1% over the prior-year period. Its July front-end same stores sales decreased 0.5%, while total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 2.2% to $1.886 billion, compared to $1.929 billion for the same period

Hess Estimates Second Quarter Results

Hess Corp. has reported its estimated results for the second quarter of 2010, including a net income of $375 million compared with net income of $100 million for the second quarter of 2009. Exploration and production earnings totaled $488 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared with $215 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Radiant and epay Join Forces

epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and a prepaid and payments processor in the U.S., is integrating with Radiant Systems to offer its prepaid and payments program through the Radiant Point of Sale for Petroleum and Convenience Retail. The Spinx Co. headquartered in Greenville, S.C., was the first retailer to transact on this newly

President Signs Swipe Fee Reform Into Law

Interchange relief became a reality today as President Obama signed the financial services reform bill into law. The new law contains Senator Richard Durbin’s swipe fee amendment, which is expected to result in lesser debit card interchange fees and bring critical financial relief to retailers and consumers while promoting greater competition within the credit card

Couche-Tard Boosts Casey’s Bid

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has increased its offer for Casey’s General Stores Inc. to $36.75 per share in an effort to persuade shareholders to back its takeover. The revised transaction has a total enterprise value of approximately $1.9 billion on a fully diluted basis, including net debt of Casey’s of approximately $28 million. Couche-Tard’s original offer was $36,

Senate Passes Financial Reform

The convenience and petroleum retailing industry are now celebrating the end of a nearly 10-year battle to rein in interchange fees. Yesterday, July 15, the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 39 in support of the financial reform package known as the Dodd-Frank Bill that contains the crucial interchange amendment, NACS reported. Thursday’s vote was the

Couche-Tard Extends Offer for Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores still has more time to consider Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s  tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Casey’s General Stores Inc. for $36.00 per share in cash. The offer, which previously had been scheduled to expire at midnight EST on July 9, has been extended by Couche-Tard,

BP Offers $30,000 To Atlas Oil

After receiving a recent $30,000 rebate from BP Corp., Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is considering investing in capital improvements and image building for its network of BP gas station retailers affected by customer boycotts, following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Crain’s Detroit Business reported. Atlas is a fuel distributor to about 70 BP

Couche-Tard’s Bid Gains Appeal

A recent drop in the S&P 500 might help Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard’s hostile US$1.9-billion ($36 per share) bid for Casey’s General Stores look like a more attractive option, an industry analyst told the Winnipeg Free Press. Martin Landry of Desjardins Securities told the paper that the 14% premium offered by Couche-Tard has increased in appeal

Shareholder Sues Casey’s

One day after Casey’s General Stores Inc. received a letter from shareholder ClearBridge Advisors urging Casey’s to participate in talks with Couche-Tard, another shareholder is suing the company for neglecting stockholder interests, the Des Moines Register reported. West Des Moines, Iowa attorney J. Barton Goplerud sued Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s on Tuesday on behalf of veterinarian

Agreement Reached On Interchange

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and key conferees have reached an agreement on the Wall Street reform bill, regarding his amendment regulating interchange fees, NACS reported. The agreement makes minor, clarifying changes to the language, which passed the Senate 64 to 33 on May 13, and responds to concerns raised by state governments

NY Cigarette Taxes To Hit $4.35 A Pack

On Monday night, June 21, 2010, the New York Legislature narrowly agreed to increase the state’s tax on cigarettes. The tax is now set to grow by an additional $1.60-to a national-high $4.35 a pack, the New York Daily News reported.   When adding in city and federal taxes, the tax charged on one pack

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