Micros Systems, a leading provider of information technology solutions to the UK forecourt sector, has been taken over by Oracle, a supplier of business software and hardware, in a $5.3bn (£3.3bn) deal.

The new owner sought to reassure customers in a letter saying: "Oracle is committed to protecting and enhancing customer investments in Micros solutions. Oracle plans to continue to invest in the hospitality and retail industries. We expect this will add additional functionality and capabilities at a quicker pace. In addition, Micros customers will benefit from better integration and alignment with Oracle’s other product offerings.

"The Micros management team with Oracle will be working together over the next few months to ensure the transition is seamless, and our customers will not see any interruption in the service they are accustomed to. Please continue to work with your business partners at Micros. We will communicate with you on a regular basis, and look forward to working with you."

Micros works with a number of operators in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies and earlier this year announced Euro Garages was upgrading its estate to its Iridium 2 epos and Prism 2 back-office system, and that Micros would be the sole supplier of epos and back-office systems to any new Euro Garages forecourt sites.

Micros has also been piloting a system called MiFuel, which enables customers to pay at the pump using their smartphone, but the company was unable to say when it will roll it out.

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