Asda has cut its fuel prices for the second times in five days, after a substantial reduction by Sainsbury threatened to undercut it.

Costco has won planning permission for its first UK petrol station.

MRH Retail’s new store brand Hursts has been rolled out to 35 stores since three pilot stores were successfully launched in March, managing director John Lynn has told Forecourt Trader, with 100 sites expected by Spring 2014.

Suresite Card Services, which provides services to many forecourts, has exceeded five million transactions a month for the first time.

Brake, the road safety charity, is calling for urgent government action to tackle drink drive casualties, after new government statistics revealed a 17% increase in drink drive deaths in Britain.

Petrol stations will be acting as collection points for online customers of John Lewis as part of a trial it is running.

A thief who took part in a raid where a petrol station was blown up causing £165,000 of damage has been jailed for three and a half years.

Sainsbury’s is the third of the big four supermarkets this week to announce it is cutting its fuel prices, and it will be introducing the deepest cuts.

An HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) taskforce is cracking down on sales of illegal alcohol in Scotland.

The energy & business minister Michael Fallon will be the keynote speaker at a major forum organised by the PRA to find ways to halt the decline of the independent forecourt sector and stimulate growth.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a cashier at a Norwich petrol station was racially abused by a customer.

Car wash equipment manufacturer Istobal has announced that it has been awarded a three-year extension to its supply contract with Morrisons.

Labour leader Ed Miliband’s speech to his party conference has provoked a mixed reaction from businesses and trade bodies.

Tesco is dropping the price of unleaded petrol by up to 2ppl and diesel by 1ppl from September 24.

Asda has announced a new national price cap following the latest reductions in wholesale costs on unleaded and diesel – it’s second such announcement in two weeks.

The number of older people with driving licences has exceeded the four million mark according to data analysed by the RAC Foundation. The figures show there are now 4,018,900 men and women aged 70 or over who hold a valid full British licence.

A Norfolk petrol retailer who was being sued by a policewoman who injured herself on his forecourt during a call-out, has welcomed her decision to drop the case.

The AA is launching a smartphone price comparison app which it claims will enable its members to find the cheapest fuel in their area.

The roll-out of the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme to the wider Esso network, which was exclusively revealed by Forecourttrader.co.uk, has now reached more than 800 service stations, according to the fuel company.

Two Manchester men caught with illegal tobacco and unexplained cash in their homes have been jailed following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Midland Co-operative Society has signed up to the Payment Watch debt recovery scheme run by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS).

Moshin and Zuber Issa of Top 50 Indie group Euro Garages, took top honours at last night’s prestigious Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, in front of a packed audience in the glamorous surroundings of the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.

Asda is ranked as the nation’s favourite forecourt in a new independent study by Market Force Information, a global specialist in customer intelligence solutions. 

The sudden price hike in both Brent crude oil and UK wholesale fuel prices has thankfully receded as the likelihood of US and UK intervention in Syria subsides, Brian Madderson, PRA chairman, has reported.

Phillips 66 has further strengthened its commitment to UK fuel sales with the appointment of Tony Reddington as national sales manager for its UK & Ireland Marketing division.

England Cricketer Stuart Broad surprised staff in a BP Garage in Feltham today (September 17) when he arrived to lend a helping hand in store. The Ashes hero took some time out of his busy diary to help out the everyday busy commuters and employees while educating them on the importance of having a healthy diet while on the go.

A five pence mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced at the weekend.

Moto Hospitality, the UK's largest motorway service area operator, has launched its first Regus Express business centre today, following its agreement with the global workspace provider to offer professional workspace and business support for motorists and mobile workers.

Business Secretary Vince Cable has been warned by the ACS about the dangers of political interference in the setting of the national minimum wage.

Retailers are being encouraged by the Assocation of Convenience Stores (ACS) to submit their views on a consultation by the Home Office, which proposes the end of the personal alcohol licence.

Retailers should put up a fight when Licensing Authorities decide to put impose a late night levy on all premises that are licensed to sell alcohol between 12 midnight and 6am (or shorter period), Robert Botkai, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, has urged.

The slump in sales of new motorcycles in August is "extremely disappoiinting", says Sue Robinson, director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

The latest registration figures for plug-in vehicles have confirmed that the government's ultra-low emission incentive scheme is failing to ignite the market.

Murco Petroleum Ltd and Costcutter Supermarkets Group are to continue their partnership with a new three year contract to supply Murco’s 230 company-owned forecourts across the UK. This further extends the relationship between the two companies that began in 1996 and covers both the Murco full supermarket and smaller ‘Express’ store formats.

The UK food and grocery market is set to be worth £206bn by 2018, with convenience, online and discounters being the fastest-growing parts of the market, according to the latest research from  IGD. If the forecast is accurate the market would grow by 21% from its current value of £170bn.

A strong focus on non-fuel sales has contributed to a healthy growth in profits for Top 50 indie, Brobot Petroleum Ltd (BPL), part of the Brobot Group Ltd (BGL). It reported an increase in pre-tax profits to £375,215 on sales up 2.9% to £113.9m for the year ending March 31, 2013, with indications of another good year to come.

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a petrol station in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent at approximately 10.30pm last Friday.

Top 50 Indie Symonds Retail is one of many retail establishments in Sherborne, Dorset, celebrating the town’s landmark campaign success since the announcement by Tesco MD, Chris Bush, earlier this month that Tesco has withdrawn its plans to replace a popular hotel with a 28,000 sq ft superstore.

Garage and filling station businesses across the UK are among property owners losing out on millions of pounds in unclaimed capital allowances, according to a senior tax consultant at global information services company Wolters Kluwer.

Maxol Lubricants, part of the Maxol Group, has unveiled a new motor oil range for the retail market. The range has been designed to reflect the new look of the Maxol brand and introduces new labels and symbols help motorists choose the correct motor oil. Aids include a label for suitability for petrol or diesel engines, and a list of vehicles for which the oil is recommended.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for the industry to be closely involved with discussions about road infrastructure funding, following the announcement by the Highways Agency of an upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

A 'Wash for Wishes' car wash fundraising campaign has been launched by Irish fuel supplier and retailer Maxol, as part of the company's charity partnership with the Make-A-Wish Ireland.

An illegal fuel factory in Northern Ireland capable of laundering and packing an estimated 24 million litres of diesel a year has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Financial pressures mean safety procedures are being neglected in some areas of the forecourt sector, according to new research by sign installation and maintenance company Xmo Strata

Murco has reacted to an article in the September issue of Forecourt Trader about the sale of 54 filling stations that it operates.

New car sales growing strongly

06 September, 2013

The latest new car sales figures show month on month sales were up 10.9% compared to August last year, with the market up 10.4% for the year to date.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the inclusion of freight in the government’s publication Driving the Future Today – A Strategy for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles in the UK, but remains concerned that not enough funding support or focus is being allocated to the HGV sector.

ACS publishes study of sector

06 September, 2013

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published a comprehensive report detailing the local shop sector and the support they provide to their communities.

An independent forecourt is outdoing the multiples' headline-grabbing money-off deals on fuel. Paul Delves, the former managing director of the 10-store Harry Tuffins group which was bought by the Co-op, is back in business and is offering vouchers giving 15p off per litre of fuel, up to 50 litres, for customers who spend £75 in store.

Law-abiding businesses being undercut by tax fraudsters will benefit from a new initiative according to the tax authorities.

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