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IGD predicts 18% growth for c-store sector by 2022

The convenience channel will grow by almost 18% between now and 2022, to £47.1bn, according to figures unveiled at IGD’s Convenience Retailing Summit.

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Raiders steal cash machine from Scottish petrol station

Police Scotland have launched an appeal for witnesses after raiders stole a cash machine from a Borders petrol station.

Retailer John Stevenson (left) with Labour candidate Paul Johnson

Election candidates visit Stockton forecourt

Independent forecourt retailer John Stevenson has hosted visits to his Nisa store from his prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in advance of the General Election.

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Sales of new diesel cars plunge by 20%

Sales of new diesel cars have plummeted, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Pump prices follow wholesale prices down

The average price of petrol fell by nearly 2ppl in May while diesel tumbled by 2.5ppl after retailers passed on savings in the wholesale price of fuel, data from the latest RAC Fuel Watch report shows.

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Valero rolls out relaunch of Supreme fuel

Valero is rolling out the relaunch of its Supreme fuel across the rest of the UK, after its success in the North West earlier this year.

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Terrorist suspect arrested on forecourt

A Texaco petrol station in Manchester found itself on the front line in the fight against terrorism when armed police swooped on a customer and briefly closed down the site.

Durham police release CCTV image after robbery

A CCTV image has been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a robbery at a petrol station in County Durham.

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Three men jailed over illegal tobacco factory

Three men have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a £17m tax fraud after an illegal tobacco factory was discovered.

Peter Blakemore (centre) with his wife Ita McAuley and past winners of the award

International recognition for Blakemore chief's Spar role

Peter Blakemore, managing director of AF Blakemore and Son, has been presented with a prestigious award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to Spar International.

Northern Powergrid's Patrick Erwin with Nissan's Leaf electric car

Nissan partners power company in electric vehicle development

Nissan and electricity distribution company Northern Powergrid have announced that they have signed an agreement that will see them co-operate over the next six years on a series of innovation projects to explore how electric vehicles (EVs), batteries, and smart technologies can support energy networks.

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Camelot revamps National Lottery support

The newsagents federation (NFRN) has welcomed news that Camelot is reinstating a free retail hotline for retailers to use for day-to-day help and advice from Tuesday (June 5).

Essar UK's Stanlow refinery

Union ballots for industrial action at Stanlow refinery

Staff at Essar UK’s Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port are being balloted for industrial action in a row over pensions.

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High-profile campaign to track down violent robbers

Police in Sussex have launched a high-profile campaign to track down two violent criminals, one of whom was armed with a Samurai sword, who attacked forecourt staff during a robbery.

ACS chief executive James Lowman

Scottish MSPs report problem with deposit return scheme

An influential committee of Scottish MSPs has acknowledged that convenience retailers do not have the space to facilitate a deposit return scheme (DRS).

Honda's new charging station

Honda opens "Europe's most advanced public charging station"

Honda has opened what it claims is Europe’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany.

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Topaz rolls out Photo-Me booths at service stations

Irish fuel and convenience retailer Topaz has partnered with Photo-Me to facilitate the rollout of its ID compliant photobooths in Topaz service stations.

Delegates at an OPEC meeting

Opec extends oil output restriction deal into 2018

OPEC, the oil exporters' group, has decided to extend output restrictions until March 2018 at its meeting in Vienna on May 30.

Booker lorry

Competition agency looks into Booker-Tesco deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened its investigation into Tesco’s proposed acquisition of Booker.

Applegreen's motorway service area at Lisburn

Applegreen has added 16 sites this year

Applegreen has reported that it has added 16 sites to its estate since the start of January and that it has a strong pipeline of new sites both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Welcome Break's South Mimms motorway service area

Welcome Break secures £440m funding package

Motorway service station operator Welcome Break has secured a £440m funding package from a banking syndicate jointly-led by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to enable further investment in its hotel and retail offering.

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Euro Garages invests £6m to reduce carbon footprint

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages has invested £6m into reducing its carbon footprint by installing renewable energy sources across its network of sites.

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Advice on terrorism precautions issued

After the UK government raised the terrorism threat level to its highest rating of critical following the Manchester bombing, the PRA has issued guidance to its members on simple precautions they can take.

Maxol Group ceo Brian Donaldson (left) and Agnis Punculis, manager, Maxol Ballycoolin

Maxol opens its third largest Irish development

Irish forecourt convenience retailer The Maxol Group has opened its third largest development in Ireland at Ballycoolin following the launch of Maxol M3 Mulhuddart last year.

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Morrisons wins consent for Bradford hand car wash

Plans for a hand new car wash at a Morrisons supermarket have been approved by Bradford Council.

Cheque being present to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Certas Energy sites raise funds for guide dogs

Certas Energy has raised £3,000 for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association from the sale of plastic bags across its 25 forecourts in Scotland.

MRH site wth Co-op sign in foreground

MRH opens first trial site with Co-op

The first of the MRH/Co-op trial sites opened yesterday – in High Road, Eastcote, west of Greater London.

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Cash machine theft acccused sent to Crown Court

Two men have appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with the attempted theft from a cash machine at a Simonstone petrol station in Lancashire.

Waitrose lorries refuelling with CNG

CNG Fuels joins gas suppliers' trade association

CNG Fuels, the UK’s leading operator of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling infrastructure and provider of compressed biomethane (Bio-CNG), has joined the Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGV N), the trade association that represents participants from across the Natural Gas industry supply chain.

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Brookfield Group supports local cancer charity

Top 50 Indie The Brookfield Group is sponsoring a team of cyclists aiming to raise funds for a local cancer charity.

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Cashier threatened with knife during robbery

Detectives investigating a robbery at a petrol station in Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, are appealing for witnesses and information.

Retailers concerned over new tobacco rules

New research commissioned by delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey shows that retailers have major concerns about the impact of new tobacco rules on their business and customers.

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Mass adoption of electric vehicles "much closer"

Mass ownership of electric cars could occur much earlier than previously thought, according to a report by UBS.

MRH forecourt with Hursts shop

Top dealers driving growth in convenience store sector

The number of convenience stores on forecourts has declined slightly over the past year, but leading dealer groups are driving growth in the c-store sector, according to the latest data from IGD Retail Analysis and William Reed Business Media.

Gas-to-liquid fuel could be answer to diesel woes

A fuel that has been around for many years could provide an immediate and easy solution to the increasing demonisation of diesel engines, according to speakers at this week’s conference in London on Clean Air, organised by Certas Energy.

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One in eight London shops selling illegal tobacco says JTI

An undercover operation by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has found that one in eight London retailers are selling illegal tobacco products under the counter.

ACS chief executive James Lowman

ACS welcomes election promises on business rates

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed commitments from all the major political parties in England and Wales to reform the business rates system.

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North Wales Police thwart thieves in break-in

North Wales Police are seeking the public’s assistance following a burglary at Pontblyddyn, Service Station, in Flintshire, at approximately 2am on Thursday May 18.

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CCTV pics released of drive-off man

Northamptonshire Police have released CCTV images of a man who was driving a car involved in four drive-offs.

Craig Nugent, head of dealer sales, Certas

Certas Energy appoints new head of dealer sales

Certas Energy has appointed Craig Nugent as head of dealer sales, a new position created to strengthen the company’s drive for retail growth.

Topaz Dublin Airport

Topaz re-introduces promotion for third year

Irish fuel and convenience retailer Topaz has partnered with two of Ireland’s leading sportspeople, Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack, to launch its Cash for Clubs 2017 promotion and encourage people across Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.

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Top 50 Indie HKS doubles its sites within M25

Top 50 Indie HKS Retail (HKS), which is headquartered in Leicester, has announced the opening of two further sites in the London area, continuing its programme of expansion.

P&H managing director Martyn Ward

Own-brands favoured due to food price worries

Almost half of consumers have said they will cut back on eating out and switch to supermarket own-brands to save cash, according to new research commissioned by delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.

Booker lorry

Business as usual leads to 'a good year' for Booker

The focus on ‘business as usual’ despite the looming proposed merger with Tesco has led to a 14% rise in operating profit for Booker of £176.1m for the year ending March 24, according to its chief executive Charles Wilson.

MRH chief executive Karen Dickens

MRH pilots c-store franchise with Co-op

Top 50 Indie MRH has signed an agreement with the Co-op to pilot a new franchise convenience store at seven MRH sites across the UK.

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English firms urged to shop around for water

A utilities consultancy claims businesses in England could collectively save up to £200m on their water bills, following the deregulation of the English water market, giving business owners the chance to renegotiate their existing water contracts or look to a new supplier.

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Man arrested in connection with Dorset burglary

Dorset Police have arrested a man in connection with a reported burglary at a Bridport petrol station.

Welcome Break chief executive Rod McKie

Pizza Express to debut at motorway service area

Pizza Express is set to make its debut at a motorway service area in partnership with Welcome Break Group.

Rocky and Alison Leach's Chellow Heights Service Station, Bradford

Spar claims top spot as largest forecourt retailer

Spar says it is now the largest forecourt retailer in the UK by site numbers, following significant growth coming from multi-site retail partners in 2016, with 1,200 Spar shops on forecourts.

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DCC reports strong growth in annual results

DCC, parent company of Certas Energy, has reported strong growth in profits and sales for the year ended 31 March 2017.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 24 July 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East116.0159.90124.64114.98
East Midlands115.3357.90125.01114.79
London115.8656.90126.28115.17
North East114.6459.90124.42114.29
North West115.4951.90125.52114.98
Northern Ireland114.44121.70113.75
Scotland115.1371.90123.35114.30
South East116.3148.90125.76115.34
South West115.8161.90123.70115.00
Wales115.06122.25114.40
West Midlands115.5562.90126.47115.00
Yorkshire & Humber115.27127.08114.68

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