All Analysis articles – Page 6

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    Spotlight on pricing

    2013-06-04T00:00:00Z

    Many in the trade have welcomed the decision by the European Commission (EC) to launch an investigation into oil price fixing, especially after the disappointment caused by the OFT’s refusal to sanction a probe into the UK road fuel market just weeks earlier. And, as the issue in question appears ...

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    Positive outlook

    2013-05-02T00:00:00Z

    There are plenty of positive things happening in the market for independent dealers. That was the message from Experian Catalist’s account manager, Arthur Renshaw, as he kicked off the Forecourt Spotlight session at this year’s Forecourt Show. "There’s an awful lot going on in the sector at moment," he said. ...

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    A sustainable case?

    2013-04-05T00:00:00Z

    The introduction of E10 fuel into the UK came a step closer this week as the finishing touches were applied to a public awareness campaign about it. No oil company has yet committed to introducing E10 into the UK, but when one does the campaign will swing into operation to ...

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    Freedom and flexibility

    2013-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Last month, leading fuel supplier Greenergy came good on its promise of a multi-format offer for independent dealers, with the announcement that it has added the Esso and Nisa brands to its portfolio. The Greenergy offer now combines fuel supply with a choice of oil major, convenience, independent and dealer ...

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    A missed opportunity

    2013-02-08T00:00:00Z

    After winning a long battle just to get the OFT to consider whether there were competition problems in the road fuel market, the outcome last week was a deep disappointment for the PRA, and the many other groups campaigning for a full investigation. Having provided a mass of information, including ...

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    Footfall offers hope

    2013-01-14T00:00:00Z

    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. John Lynn, managing director ...

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    Autumn meltdown

    2012-12-17T00:00:00Z

    There’s been a great deal of activity in the run-up to this month’s Autumn Statement as various organisations plead their cases, with cancellation of January’s fuel duty rise at the top of the agenda. In an open letter to Minister for Business and Enterprise, Michael Fallon MP, PRA chairman Brian ...

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    News Extra: Station rationalisation

    2012-10-30T00:00:00Z

    Widespread economic uncertainty coupled with soaring oil prices has seen fuel consumption decline since 2008, leading international oil companies to review their service station portfolios across Europe and exit unprofitable sites, according to new analysis by CBRE, a property company which advises some of the world’s biggest oil companies on ...

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    Question time with Caroline Hobson

    2012-10-30T00:00:00Z

    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? A The OFT will now go away and review the submissions it has received, seek further information from industry players and ...

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    Pricing law threat

    2012-10-01T00:00:00Z

    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. But while in the UK fuel-retailing sector the powers ...

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    Your industry needs you

    2012-10-01T00:00:00Z

    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. The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has been chasing for a ...

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    Rude awakening

    2012-09-04T00:00:00Z

    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. More than 5,000 signs that show motorists ...

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    Must try harder

    2012-07-30T00:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Supermarket sweep

    2012-07-03T00:00:00Z

    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. The poll of 9,000 UK motorists last month revealed that 68.2% of customers most frequently fill up ...

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    Daggers at dawn

    2012-06-08T00:00:00Z

    The sparks flew last month as Justine Greening, MP, via an interview in The Sun newspaper, warned oil companies and fuel retailers, to ’pass on price cuts’ or face government action. The newspaper report said Transport Secretary Justine Greening had ordered officials to draw up a code of conduct in ...

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    How it all began

    2012-06-08T00:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Back to the grindstone

    2012-04-30T00:00:00Z

    It’s back to the grindstone for RMI chairman Brian Madderson as the Office of Fair Trading provisionally rejected the call for a market study into road fuel retailing. The only encouraging part of the response was that it was ’provisional’. This gives Brian and others another six weeks to find ...

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    Panic stations

    2012-04-04T00:00:00Z

    Chaos took hold on Britain’s forecourts last month as motorists followed confusing advice issued by government ministers to keep their tanks topped up, with one even suggesting using jerry cans. The warnings were issued in the wake of the Unite union announcing its tanker driver members had voted for strike ...

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    Over to you, OFT

    2012-03-01T00:00:00Z

    The momentum had been gathering for some time. And at the appropriate moment RMI Petrol made its submission to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for an inquiry into the UK fuels market. It must respond within 30 days. The OFT submission followed a month in which supplies were disrupted ...

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    Flexible friend

    2012-02-03T00:00:00Z

    W hen the big trees fall, new ones grow back in their place. In the road transport fuel sector, Greenergy has become part of the new growth, supplying the needs of the market as the traditional operators fall away. Founded as a niche manufacturer of green fuels in 1992, it ...