Footfall offers hope

14 January, 2013

The forecourt sector is facing a tough start to 2013, as it will be affected by the wider economy, but there will be trends and opportunities that could be turned to operators benefit. That's the view of the industry at the start of the New Year.

Q Last month was the deadline for submissions to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for its short inquiry into the petrol retailing sector. What happens now?

Your industry needs you

01 October, 2012

Retailers have until October 18 to respond to an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) questionnaire as part of its assessment of the UK petrol and diesel fuel sector to identify whether or not there are competition problems it can tackle.

Pricing law threat

01 October, 2012

The UK is not alone in suffering the effects of predatory pricing, where the biggest players in any market can use their huge financial muscle to decimate the livelihoods of the smaller ones and apparently get away with it.

Rude awakening

04 September, 2012

A new campaign from the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) and the Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) is giving motorists a much-needed wake-up call as it highlights the burden of excessive fuel taxes in a bid to raise pressure on the Treasury to cut fuel duty.

Must try harder

30 July, 2012

Arather gloomy picture of how forecourt shoppers view the nation's forecourts has been revealed in the latest Forecourt Report by leading sector wholesaler Palmer and Harvey. With a focus on 'understanding today and preparing for tomorrow', the over-riding picture revealed in the report is "not an especially positive one", according to Palmer and Harvey's chief executive Chris Etherington.

Supermarket sweep

03 July, 2012

More than two thirds of UK motorists are more likely to refuel their cars at a supermarket petrol station than any other forecourt, according to new research by customer intelligence company Market Force.

How it all began

08 June, 2012

It was a time when petrol cost 1.70 a gallon or 38 pence a litre and Maggie Thatcher was re-elected making her the longest-serving Prime Minister since the early 19th century. Forecourt Trader was officially launched in April 1987, following its humble beginnings as a supplement within another title Car and Accessory Trader (CAT), owned by Haymarket Magazines. The response to these early editorials was such that the publisher sensed a period of great entrepreneurial activity, at a time when convenience retailing first began to make its way into the forecourt market. The time of Gerald Ronson at Heron, Rikki Hunt at Elf and Tony Southworth at Telegraph.

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