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otal convenience store sales in 2009 declined for the first time in the 35-year history of Convenience Store News' Industry Report, plunging 20 percent to $505.7 billion. The drop was mostly due to a 29-percent decrease in motor fuel revenues during a recessionary year when gas prices fell 28 percent from the year before. Exacerbating the drop-off — fuel consumption was also down as Americans drove less and more fuel-efficient vehicles joined the nation's auto fleet. The recession also reduced trucking traffic, which adversely affected diesel sales.