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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    The oil market is having trouble assessing how oil producers, especially in the US, are stepping into the breach left by Opec/non-Opec output cuts. Throw in expectations of higher demand, and you have a market where Brent first lost almost 10% of its value and then rose again by 5% ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    This year signals another gear-shift in the energy transition to a lower-carbon economy. Spearheaded by COP 21, governments around the globe are setting far-reaching ambitions to fundamentally re-stitch the tapestry of the energy industry, society and the natural environment. Parts of the energy sector have translated this into opportunity, while ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    My local Jet garage is switching to Esso fuel. I asked a member of staff whether that meant prices would go up and he said ’no’ and if anything they’d be cheaper. I asked him the reason for the switch and he said they needed to drum up more trade ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Out and about in the petrol retailing world and it’s not long before the conversation turns to electric vehicle charging. It’s clearly top of mind for the sector, although no one is completely sure what to do about it. Some retailers are boldly leasing off car parking spaces to charging ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    The PRA technical team is receiving a number of enquiries about when they must notify their Petroleum Enforcing Authority (PEA) of changes they wish to make to their fuel storage and dispensing arrangements. Apart from when applying for a Petroleum Storage Certificate for a new installation or a knockdown ...

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    Electric avenues

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Many forecourts owners have been looking at the various options for installing electric charging facilities, with many deciding it is too early to commit, but a Bill currently going through Parliament may force their hand. As it currently stands, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will give the Transport Secretary ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices are at their highest for three years. Global economic growth is especially supporting middle distillate prices, keeping diesel well above petrol at UK retail stations. Ice Brent futures climbed above $70/bl for a few days in January, for the first time since December 2014, pushed up by ...

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    Motoring at full speed

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    I f anyone thought that the rate of acquisitions by the biggest dealers during 2017 could not possibly be maintained in the New Year, then the first week of 2018 appears to have dispelled that notion. Having just snapped up 14 sites with the acquisition of the Golden Cross ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Life is all about choice but increasingly choices are being taken away from us apparently for our own good. Here I am referring to the removal of sugar, particularly in soft drinks. With implementation of the sugar levy fast approaching (April 6), many companies are clamouring to cut back ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    If the start of 2018 is anything to go by, it’s going to be another lively year in the forecourt sector. I guess we’ve got somewhat used to the bigger fishes in the pond buying the smaller ones, and to this end we saw MFG adding to its numbers with ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Kevin Eastwood BOSS Executive Director Last year there were press reports that crimes involving a loss of under £50 would not be investigated by the police unless a suspect is already identified, and that CCTV should only be analysed for crimes committed in a 20-minute time frame. ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Brent crude and wholesale gasoil prices ended 2017 at their highest since May 2015. UK drivers are paying more for diesel than they have in three years, with petrol not far behind. Falling crude stocks in the US were the immediate reason for the Brent price rising past $66.50/bl at ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    You may have seen and heard ACS in the media over Christmas talking about some changes to the way the police, courts and government are responding to shop theft. There are a couple of separate issues at play here. Firstly, different police forces are setting policies about how they ...

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    Mind the gap

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    While Palmer and Harvey’s difficulties were common knowledge they’d put out a notice about takeover talks to secure the company’s future the instant termination of all deliveries when it went into administration meant forecourt owners had to scramble to keep their shops supplied. MRH, the UK’s biggest independent ...

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    Tracy West: Retail commentator

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    This Christmas your present, as an independent retailer, should arrive on Christmas Eve. It will hopefully come in the form of the extra trade you’ll get once the grocery multiples shut their doors, typically at 4pm. And that is, of course, because of our Sunday Trading Laws and the fact ...

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    David Charman: md Parkfoot Garage

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    As we head towards another busy Christmas period, it’s time to reflect on the past year and try to make sense of what 2018 will bring to our ever-surprising business sector. Electric vehicles (EV) have certainly made all the headlines this year and undoubtedly they will have a role ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    This government has a clear view that our future economic prosperity will be assured if the UK can emerge as global leaders in the race to a new transportation era. This involves automated vehicles and alternatively fuelled vehicles. The Secretary of State for DEFRA Michael Gove announced that there ...

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    Merril Boulton: Editor

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    It’s hard to believe that such a long-established company as Palmer and Harvey which was firmly entrenched in the life of many forecourt operations over a considerable period is no longer (see News Extra, page 10). I really feel for the hard-working and long-suffering staff, who invested considerable effort in ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    Opec and its non-Opec partners decided on November 30 to extend their production cuts for another nine months, until the end of next year. Expectations of the deal had been keeping crude futures prices above $63/bl since November 22, supporting road fuel prices. UK retail prices have been rising ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2017-11-13T00:00:00Z

    Now that Halloween is out of the way, you can turn your attention to creating some fabulous Christmas displays. I know in-store theatre is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is great for interrupting shoppers who can be are on auto pilot at this time of year. Yes, ...