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carbon tailpipe emissions up

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that carbon tailpipe emissions have risen for the first time since 1997, with new cars averaging 121.04g per km, up 0.8% on 2016. SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said the recent drop in sales of cleaner, low-emission diesels was the prime cause of the increase.

shell expands into utilities

Shell is expanding into the household utilities sector. It has signed an agreement to buy First Utility, subject to regulatory and other approvals, and is expected to complete early this year. In a statement, Shell said its energy supply, trading and marketing expertise, combined with First Utility's experience in serving around 825,000 homes in the UK, would enable First Utility to grow and develop more innovative services for customers.

essar's record figures

Essar Oil (UK), which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery, has announced record figures for the first six months of its financial year up to September 30, 2017. It also expanded its UK retail network of Essar-branded petrol stations to 42 sites in the six-month period, which has further grown to 46 since then. The company reported record EBITDA for a six-month period at $264m versus $118m in the same period the year before.

supermarket fuel prices up

Supermarkets increased their fuel prices by more than the market average in December and motorists began 2018 paying the highest price for unleaded petrol since the end of 2014, RAC Fuel Watch data reveals. In December the average price of unleaded petrol increased for the second month running this time by 0.5p from 120.66ppl to 121.11ppl, while diesel went up from 123.06ppl to 123.46ppl.

three New texaco sites in ni

Northern Ireland has gained three new Texaco-branded sites in recent months. Two of the sites, Rathcoole and Landscape, were previously competitor branded, while the third, Madigan's Court, is a new build. All three sites are located in Belfast.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 19 August 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.1066.40141.37129.07
North East130.85144.25128.58
North West131.60139.66128.82
Northern Ireland129.13134.50126.35
South East132.8662.50141.62129.81
South West132.24138.89129.06
West Midlands131.8660.90141.24128.98
Yorkshire & Humber131.40140.49128.65

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