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Bigger spend in grocery-branded forecourt stores
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Grocery branding beats the 'oil' shops

Shoppers in grocery-branded forecourt stores - such as Budgens and Sainsbury's Local - spend 75% more than in oil company-branded stores, according to shopper research specialist HIM in its latest Convenience Tracking Programme report.
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Fuel prices: August 1, 2006

In brief

Texaco Limited has changed its corporate name to Chevron Limited, in a move to present a more unified presence across the world. The company says the change will not affect its business operations in the UK. Texaco-branded service stations and fuel products and the Havoline lubricants brands will remain the same.
Pictures taken on July 31 in the Burgess Hill area of West Sussex
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Squeezy Street

Why is Shell doing it? It's the question on the lips of certain dealers having to operate within the vicinity of a cluster of Shell co-owned sites that, for some time, have been displaying fuel prices totally out of sync with other local forecourts. In these areas, while many forecourts are struggling to keep prices below the £1 per litre mark, Shell's poll signs have been conspicuous at 95.9ppl.

Shop Doctor: St Michaels Garage, Swanage, Dorset

There are three forecourts with shops within five miles on the A351, from Corfe Castle to Swanage. There are two Texacos and sandwiched in between, at the village of Harmans Cross, a BP/Londis Express.
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Database: Where angels fear to tread

It seems that hardly a day goes by without another move by the major oil companies to leave behind their traditional role of forecourt retailing, with or without divesting themselves of some real estate at the same time. While in some quarters this is seen as an extremely good thing, and creates opportunities for enterprising retailers to expand their operations, as accountants and business advisors we sometimes have to play 'party pooper' and remind potential operators of a few of the harsh realities and risks involved in sudden changes to their business. So here, in no particular order, are a few things to consider when that 'once in a lifetime offer' arrives in the post.

Service Centre with Jac Roper

Roger Westrope rang after he read our last issue. Roger, who runs North Street Garage at Haverhill in Suffolk, rightly guessed that the anonymous computer company that had caused an anonymous retailer such grief was YP Electronics. However, things are getting better, he promises.

BP first with Pegasus

BP is trialling the UK's first Ceccato Pegasus car wash at a flagship site in Oxford.

Viable tank gauge

A wireless tank gauging system has been launched by Gilbarco Veeder-Root. The TLS-RF wireless communication system allows fuel retailers to install automatic tank monitoring in situations where it would previously have been too costly or impractical to fit the necessary wiring.

The three-in-one bin

A new three-in-one forecourt bin has been launched by Glasdon UK.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 January 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.93141.67128.44
North East131.55139.57126.67
North West132.1066.90140.54127.58
Northern Ireland129.82134.61125.46
South East133.80141.93129.03
South West132.9567.90139.13128.12
West Midlands132.7866.57142.07128.26
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