All Analysis articles – Page 8

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    The sky’s the limit-er


    The Icelandic volcano eruption caused chaos for millions of Brits: planes were grounded; travellers were stranded all over the world; and there was even the deployment of warships by the Royal Navy. The impact of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajokull reached far and wide for travellers but ...

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    Show stoppers


    Retailers can expect to hear about any revisions in their Business Rates bills by the end of June. That was the message from Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol chairman, at the International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment (IFFE) show at the Birmingham NEC last month. Madderson said he ...

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    Dealers: the inside track


    Texaco, Shell, Total and BP have emerged as the brands most favoured by independent dealers across the nation, according to a revealing study of the sector, ’Dealer Insite 2010’, conducted by VSM Research on behalf of Forecourt Trader magazine. Covering a representative cross-section of the independent ...

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    Make your voice heard


    Retailers have been urged to keep up the pressure on MPs as the debate rages over the proposed increases in Business Rates. RMI Petrol said the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) had met with its representative, forecourt rating specialist MUA Property Services at the end of January, with ...

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    A perfect storm


    As we launched ourselves into a new year as well as a brand new decade you could have been forgiven for not cracking open the champers. With taxes and fuel prices on the rise, and motorists watching their mileage, many retailers have admitted to feeling gloomy, and have expressed ...

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    Under pressure


    Brian Madderson has vowed to make the fight over business rates the top priority under his new leadership of RMI Petrol, (formerly known as the Petrol Retailers’ Association). He called for an urgent meeting to discuss the issue soon after becoming chairman of the association in November, and true ...

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    Dark forces at work


    The next two months will help shape the future of tobacco retailing. Retailers have until January to make their voices heard during the government’s consultation on plans to ban tobacco displays and vending machines in shops. This follows MPs last month voting in favour of prohibiting the display ...

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    Hold the front page


    The Association of News Retailing (ANR) has vowed to keep fighting for a review of the newspaper and magazine distribution industry following its disappointment at last month’s news that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) would not be referring the sector to the Competition Commission. ANR managing director ...

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    Fuming in the dark


    Forecourt retailers in the Republic of Ireland have been living with the new tobacco display ban regulations since July 1. It’s early days yet, but a recent visit, care of Imperial Tobacco, revealed that they’re not best pleased. The backdrop to the till areas generally do not look ...

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    The road ahead


    The industry faces a "huge challenge" in trying to develop and supply the next generation of eco fuels, according to the latest Statistical Review from the UK Petrolem Industry Association (UKPIA). It says we can expect to see global energy demand rise by almost 50% in the next 20 ...

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    Differential derby


    Soaring fuel prices kept forecourts in the headlines last month. The average price of petrol rose almost 4.98ppl between mid-May and mid-June, according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report, making it the second-highest monthly increase ever recorded - the rise was only two-thirds of a penny short of the ...

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    An appetite for success


    Shoppers continued to develop a healthy appetite for food-to-go on forecourts last year, helping to boost sales in the sector and cut retailers’ reliance on tobacco sales. That’s according to the Evolution of Convenience Retailing report, published by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), which found that food-to-go was ...

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    Move over, Darling


    While the consensus seemed to be that it was a pretty unspectacular Budget for petrol retailers, there have been some words of warning for the sector. Chancellor Alistair Darling’s announcement could be summed up as a few more pence on fuel, a couple of pence on tobacco and alcohol, and ...

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    Highly rated


    Retailers have been given a last-minute reprieve over business rates, but have been warned that they will bear the brunt of further hikes that are due to be imposed in April 2010. On March 31, the Chancellor suddenly announced that a 5% increase, which had been due on April 1, ...

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    Clamping catastrophe


    When Kandasamy Nirmalan decided to make a stand against people using his London forecourt as a free car park he had no idea how much potential damage it would do to his business. But it resulted in a customer being ordered to pay £465, staging a sit-in and ...

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    Have your say


    With the future of the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) under review, the organisation could be looking at its first major shake up in years. Last month PRA director Ray Holloway revealed in Forecourt Trader that the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) was conducting a business review of all the eight ...

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    Ashes to ashes


    The government’s announcement on the tobacco display ban was met with shock and disbelief by the industry last month. Experts warned retailers they would end up shouldering the financial burden of a ’dark’ tobacco market, as well as having to deal with the other implications such as safety concerns in ...

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    Starting Over


    It’s only a matter of weeks since GNE Group announced it had completed the sale of its fuel retailing subsidiary, Petrol Express. But GNE isn’t a company to rest on its laurels - it’s already back on the acquisition trail and says it’s got £50m to invest in its business. ...

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    Easy does it...


    What US retailer John MacDougall doesn’t know about running forecourts probably isn’t worth knowing. For four decades the businessman has worked to build up his mini empire, weathering any economic storms as well as the harsh winters in upstate New York. After buying out his original two partners of ...

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    Card sharp


    A "huge sigh of relief" is how Petrol Retailers’ Assocation director, Ray Holloway, described the reaction around the dealer network to the recent Arval/BP agreement. He added: "It means Arval’s network of cards can be maintained. It’s a successful conclusion to the dispute and a step towards protecting a large ...