Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community
Drought could be most serious for 100 years
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Act now to avoid car wash closure

Retailers should be campaigning for the curbing of roadside car washing, following the announcement of drought orders last month, says independent retailer David Charman of Parkfoot Garage, who has just had a bore-hole installed on his forecourt to ensure water supply to his car washes.

Don't give up

With the ever-increasing duty on tobacco said to be fuelling a boom in counterfeit products and forcing consumers to down-trade to cheaper brands, retailers, manufacturers and smokers alike were hoping Gordon Brown would give them a break. However, the Budget in March saw yet another rise, this time of 9p on a packet of 20 cigarettes.

Roll with the changes

Gordon Gekko may have thought lunch was for wimps and dear old Del Boy might have agreed, but forecourt retailers don't want to wimp out on their lunchtime offer because there's just too much to lose. According to Mintel, UK consumers spent £27.5bn on eating out in 2005, and within that, around £7bn was spent on lunches. Of course there are numerous businesses vying for consumers' lunch money but if you get your offer right then you're guaranteed repeat business.
Somerfield has a heavy schedule of forecourt development lined up for 2006/2007
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'Essentials' plan for 94 Somerfield sites

Somerfield is to significantly increase its brand presence in the forecourt sector, with the start of a demanding store development programme throughout 2006/2007 on the sites acquired from Texaco and Fuelforce last year.

PRA backs ES3 as industry standard

The Petrol Retailers' Association is backing Edensure's ES3 wet stock monitoring service and its efforts to improve retailers' efficiency and profitability.

Dealers get better offer

Murco has extended its dealer package by renewing its membership to Garage Watch and rolling it out to all its 244 sites throughout England and Wales, plus any new dealers who sign up in the next 12 months. Previous membership had only covered 74 sites on the Garage Watch 'Happy2Help' scheme for the elderly and disabled motorist.
Andy Davis: "need to find points of distinctiveness"
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Innovation the key to BP staying ahead

BP is driving innovation in the forecourt c-store sector in the face of tough competition, said Andy Davis, BP Retail's trading director, at last month's annual ACS conference - now rebranded as Summit 2006 - in Birmingham, attended by nearly 300 delegates.

Pit stop screen clean

BP has just completed a four-week Pit Stop Screen Clean campaign to boost awareness of its Ultimate range of advanced performance fuels.
Average sales in forecourt c-stores have increased
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Dealer groups drive convenience growth

Independent dealer groups are set to drive future growth in the forecourt convenience sector, according to the IGD's Convenience Retailing 2006 report.

In brief

Pace Petroleum is switching 22 of its forecourt stores from Budgens to Spar. The transition will take place between now and the end of the year. Pace/Malthurst already trades with all five of Spar's mainland UK regional distribution companies via 20 of its existing sites.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 30 March 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands119.01131.46114.46
North East116.33131.57110.86
North West117.71131.66113.21
Northern Ireland113.94120.90108.13
South East120.0368.90132.46116.19
South West118.30130.34113.27
West Midlands118.8857.90135.85114.78
Yorkshire & Humber117.69131.84113.09

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