Commissary sales decline in 4th straight year as Congress eyes cuts

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Customers walk through the new commissary at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan on June 21, 2016.   Justin A. Fisher/U.S. Marine Corps
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Customers walk through the new commissary at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan on June 21, 2016. Justin A. Fisher/U.S. Marine Corps

Commissary sales decline in 4th straight year as Congress eyes cuts

by: Alex Horton | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 02, 2016

SAN ANTONIO — The agency responsible for running the vast network of commissaries on military bases said sales have declined for a fourth straight year, as Congress eyes line items to cut from the defense budget.

The Defense Commissary Agency said it earned $5.25 billion in sales in fiscal year 2016, down $258 million, or nearly five percent from last year. The agency received about $1.3 billion in appropriations for each of the last two years, said Kevin Robinson, a DeCA spokesman.

Sales exceeded $6 billion in 2012, which amounts to loss of more than $841 million since then, according to DeCA data.

There are several factors leading to lost sales beyond competition from other stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, said Joseph H. Jeu, the director and CEO of DeCA.

The decline in sales mirrored force reductions, with 130,000 active-duty troops trimmed from the military since 2012, Jeu said.

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