All Analysis articles – Page 5

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    Growth attracts investors


    Just days after Forecourt trader published its Fuel Market Review 2015, two big deals endorsed the Review’s observation that "all the signs continue to be positive for the retail forecourt sector in the UK". First up was MFG which already had a profile in the City due to the partnership ...

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    Delivering growth


    Last month Booker Group plc surprised the industry by announcing a deal with Irish food wholesaler Musgrave Group plc, to buy its British offshoot, Musgrave Retail Partners GB which comprises the Londis and Budgens businesses for £40m. Completion of the acquisition is conditional on the approval of the Competition ...

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    Shell sell-off completed


    Little more than a month after Esso announced it had agreed deals to sell off its remaining 201 company owned sites to independent dealers, another swathe of oil company sites is heading for the independent sector, after Shell concluded deals to sell 185 of its forecourts. As with the Esso ...

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    MFG unveils new strategy


    Last month Top 50 Indie MFG announced plans to remove the Murco brand from all of its company-owned sites, and develop it as a brand exclusively for dealers. The decision followed MFG’s acquisition of Murco’s retail business on October 1, 2014, comprising 228 company-owned forecourts, and agreement to supply a ...

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    Stormy seas ahead?


    After one of the most volatile quarters on record for fuel prices, International Petroleum Week in the middle of last month was perfectly timed to bring some clarity to the turmoil, and give dealers some guidance on what may happen to prices in the months ahead. One of the most ...

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    Absolutely fuming


    The LPG industry was out in force last month trying to wake up the powers that be in the UK to the economic and environmental benefits of LPG. Firstly a lobby group called on Government to promote the use of LPG at an event at the Houses of Parliament. Later ...

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    A sensible approach


    New guidance has been published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) to support retailers in preventing fuel theft and advising them on how to respond when it does occur. It has been developed as part of the Home Office’s Crime Prevention Panel, and could be seen as a major ...

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    Challenging growth


    The future is bright, the future is convenience, and there is significant growth out there, delegates were told at last month’s IGD Convenience Retailing conference in London. "However, the inconvenient truth is that as an industry we are facing huge milestones," said Tristram Wilkinson, VP/managing director UK Ireland, ...

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    An age-old problem


    As winter approaches with its worst extremes of weather putting all parts of the forecourt structure to the test, canopy maintenance specialists are warning that some overhead structures on forecourts could be in a lethal condition. Already this year, during the supposedly milder summer, there has been the collapse of ...

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    Driving crime down


    The concept of pre-payment for fuel as a way to prevent drive-offs has been around for a long time, and in some countries it is mandatory, but it has always been resisted by the majority of the trade in the UK. Indeed, as forecourt shops have become ever more important ...

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    Present and future


    Total retail fuel volumes show a continuing trend of decline, PRA chairman Brian Madderson told an audience of forecourt and convenience retailers and suppliers at last month’s Forecourt Forum at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Madderson said he had been working more closely with the Oil Gas Statistics ...

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    A charge for change


    Fuel cards everybody moans about the margins, but continues to accept them as they are used in the transactions of around 20% of an average site’s fuel volume. They are key generators of fuel and non-fuel sales. But at what cost? Behind the scenes, dealers nationwide are taking ...

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    Maximising value


    Forecourt Trader’s 2014 Fuel Market Review reports that an historic tipping point has been reached, with the first increase in the number of forecourts recorded since the ’60s, and a significant upturn in the number of dealer sites, and this change is being reflected by a surge of interest in ...

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    A missed opportunity?


    The ’Review of the Refining and Fuel Import Sectors in the UK’ by the Department of Energy Climate Change (DECC) has come at a crucial time for the sector, but many in the industry feel it has done little to point the way forward. No one can ...

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    The price has to be right


    With Esso now accepting Tesco Clubcards and BP having offered Nectar points for many years, the loyalty card is a growing influence on where drivers are choosing to re-fuel their cars, and a strong influence on whether they also take the opportunity to top-up on their groceries, according to Blake ...

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    Fighting the floods


    Disruption caused by winter weather is not unexpected in the forecourt sector, but what has made this winter different is the type of bad weather and the length it has gone on for. A day or two of snow can block roads, and the authorities are usually able to get ...

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    Tasty prospect


    A significant new retail entrant to the forecourt sector could make its presence felt in 2014, according to Steve Rodell, director and head of retail at specialist property adviser Christie Co. "They have significant capital funding and could buy a national chain if they are able to find ...

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    Positive momentum


    The past year has been a busy one for the PRA, and its chairman Brian Madderson expects there will be no let up in 2014. Much of his time in 2013 was spent challenging and educating arms of government, such as the OFT, Department of Energy Climate ...

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    News Review of 2013


    January A PRA report warns that supermarket expansion could wipe out 800 independent forecourts by 2017. Former PRA president Paul Sykes sells his five Shaws forecourts to Midlands Co-op. February A long-awaited OFT report into the road fuel market gives it a clean bill of health ...

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    Regeneration Forum: Sticking points


    The problems with planning, business rates, excise duty and card payments were spelt out in no uncertain terms as key concerns of the fuel retailing sector at the recent Regeneration Forum hosted by the Petrol Retailers’ Association, and organised in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Climate Change. ...