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One convenience store every 500 meters in Taiwan

2012/01/03 22:17:34

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) According to the latest official statistics, there is one convenience store every 500-plus meters on average in Taiwan.

The number of convenience stores saw an annual increase of 2 percent to 9,483 as of the end of 2010 in Taiwan, which has an area of over 36,000 square kilometers, according to the statistics released by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) Monday.

The figures represent the high density of convenience stores around the country, FTC officials said.

The highest density is in Taipei, the officials noted, adding that the densities in Hsinchu and Chiayi are also high.

The FTC statistics also show that total combined sales of all the convenience stores reached NT$230 billion (US$7.59 billion) in 2010.

Convenience store services have become more and more diverse in recent years. In addition to everyday commodities, they now also sell movie, concert and sports game tickets, high-speed rail tickets and entrance tickets for leisure parks.

They also provide services that range from the delivery of products bought online, taking orders for special dishes for the various festivals, to allowing customers to pay their utility bills.

The revenues generated from these services reached NT$15 billion in 2010, representing an annual growth rate of 50 percent, the FTC said.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)