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March
Morrisons and Tesco have been the two main superstore chains affected
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Major fuel furore rocks the industry

The national furore over contaminated fuel last month could become the worst debacle over fuel quality since Formula Shell was removed from sale in the '80s, according to the PRA's technical consultant, Peter Barlow.
Clive Gardner on the forecourt of his 10mlpa site in Beckington, Somerset
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Viva la siesta

Taking a daily mid-afternoon nap is not what you might think of as normal behaviour for a Top 50 independent with six flourishing forecourts to run. But Clive Gardner manages it - and believes it is good for business.

Major challenge

As Gulf Retail puts the finishing touches to its preparations for its appearance at the International Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show, managing director Keith Jewers, reflects on a very successful year for the brand.

Get fresh

Chilled and fresh foods have been pushed to the top of the shopping list as consumers increasingly look for healthier options. And many forecourt-based stores have been improving their ranges as operators seek to take their share of what has become a very profitable market.

Title fight

You might think that with all the newspapers having TV pages and most TVs themselves having Teletext there'd be no market for TV listings magazines. But you'd be wrong because once again, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) figures, What's on TV is the best-selling magazine in the UK. And not too far behind it is TV Choice, with the Radio Times still going strong in the fourth position. However, according to analysis by MediaTel for the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA), What's on TV's circulation fell by 4.3% in the July to December 06 period, when compared to the previous year. Radio Times was down too, by just over 1% while TV Choice had a much better six months, with circulation up nearly 12%.

Celebrating convenience

Running alongside IFFE 2007, the Convenience Retailing Show will feature more than 200 big-name companies showcasing their latest innovations for the c-store sector.
One of the sites owned by Malthurst
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Malthurst tops the indie chart again

Graham Peacock, managing director of the Malthurst Group, once again heads the list of the Top 50 Indies, a rundown of the biggest independent groups, published as a supplement within this issue, and summarised in the box below.
Retailer David Charman calls for fairer environmental controls
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Hand car washes in need of regulation

Car wash operator David Charman has urged the Environment Agency (EA) to clamp down on unregulated hand car washes.

Smoking ban drives sales

Forecourts saw their share of total tobacco sales increase by 4% following the introduction of Ireland's public smoking ban, according to figures released by Imperial Tobacco.
From left: Inchcape general manager, Richard Hardy, with Tony Boyce and Tom Minett from CPL Petroleum
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Inchcape chooses UK Retail over BP

CPL Petroleum has done a deal with Inchcape to supply its 4mlpa site in Wokingham with the UK Retail brand.
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