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    Brian Madderson: chairman, PRA

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    There is no doubt that as we head towards Brexit Day on March 29, our politicians and political commentators are ensuring that the outcome continues to be very uncertain. No one can forecast with any real confidence where the country will be in three month’s time. This is much the ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    So it’s already March and at the end of this month, who knows what will have happened re what’s become the dreaded Brexit situation. But one thing is for certain, and that is the success of the Top 50 Indies, which is clear to see in our latest report published ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices continued to rise as it became clear that the US was not securing a quick win to force President Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela, prolonging sanctions on the country’s oil exports. Benchmark Brent crude oil futures ended February at $66.03/bl, gaining $4.14/bl on the month. Diesel ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    Continued pressure by the Car Wash Association (CWA), together with support from MPs, was responsible for finally getting the issue of rogue hand car washes (HCWs) onto Parliament’s agenda via the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) June 2018 hearings. It was rewarding that the EAC’s remit, the context in which they ...

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    Evading the issue

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    When a Parliamentary Committee of MPs announced last year that it was launching an inquiry into the hand car wash sector it appeared that a long campaign was finally paying off. For years the PRA and its sister organisation, the Car Wash Association (CWA), have been highlighting the explosion in ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: UKPIA director general

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    It is a new year, but the fuel supply industry faces the same challenges with uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU first and foremost a concern on the forecourt and across our sector. While the message coming out of Westminster has often been confused and incohesive, the ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    I’ve played the National Lottery since it began nearly 25 years ago. Indeed I went to its launch at the Tower of London; I still remember it now. My old news editor remembers it too, because she says that after the first draw I came into work so disappointed because ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    Great to see that Shell is raising the bar on forecourt food with its launch of the Jamie Oliver deli by Shell range. The forecourt sector has been crying out for some ’properly decent’ food on the go, for some time. With the increasingly sophisticated, modern forecourts and services ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    My name is Ray Blake and I am a ’Petrol Head’. My addiction to cars drives my wife mad and I thank her for putting up with my obsession for over four decades. From the moment I was given my first Corgi model car when I was five, a Studerbaker ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    UK transport fuels shed around 1ppl in January, but the losses are expected to be short-lived, as international oil markets climbed steadily through the month in response to the US sanctions against oil-rich Venezuela. After shedding more than $30/bl in 2018 to end the year at around $53/bl, benchmark ...

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    Competition for growth still intense

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    We’ve just had a year of seismic events with the second largest operator, MFG, buying its larger rival MRH, and Sainsbury’s agreeing a deal with Asda that would make it the UK’s number one road fuel retailer. And while one deal has cleared all its regulatory hurdles, and the other ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all. I was going to begin the year with a look at trends but, if you were to believe all the hype, the biggest trend of all seems to be veganism. I say this because I was in my local Sainsbury’s right at the ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all let’s hope it’s a good one, as the song goes. As we launch into 2019, things appear pretty positive for the fuel retailing sector, with property prices staying strong despite the big deals done last year (see Focus on Property, p31). Even MFG’s buyout ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS - executive director

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    During the second half of 2018 we saw a significant rise in incidents of crime on forecourts, and the BOSS Forecourt Crime Index for the third quarter of 2018 revealed a 13% rise in the number of incidents. Rising fuel prices also pushed the cost of crime to retailers up ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor - Argus Media

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices continued their downward trajectory in December after heavy losses in the last quarter of 2018. Concerns about over-supply were further complicated by an uncertain global economic outlook in response to US trade tariffs on China. These losses were partially reflected on the forecourt, but domestic retail prices ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    As we kick off 2019 with the government still squarely focused on Brexit, it’s easy to forget that there are other domestic policies and interventions on the horizon. We’re especially interested in two areas where the government is looking to influence consumer behaviour through new legislation. Let’s start with ...

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    Turning the tide

    2018-12-19T00:00:00Z

    For many years the government has turned a deaf ear whenever the PRA and the Car Wash Association (CWA) have highlighted the scourge of illegal hand car washes springing up in towns and cities across the UK, but finally it has been presented with evidence it can’t ignore. The Commons ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Can you believe it’s December already. Well, actually I know all of you can because you will have been planning your stock and staff for months. Me? Well, I am just your average consumer so the fact that December is here is still a bit of a shock! And ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2018-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Many industry watchers thought that the very high values achieved by dealers (up to 12 x EBITDA) for their assets would soon start to wane. They had been exiting the market to sell to fast-growing groups backed by private equity funds where there was keen competition for rapid expansion. ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-12-19T00:00:00Z

    What an aggressive lot those ’gilet jaunes’ are, turning Paris into a war zone last month with the worst riots in decades. Protesters clashed with police, looting stores and torching shops and cars, creating absolute chaos on some of the most iconic streets in the city. The reason? Rising fuel ...