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Forecourt crime down, says BOSS

Crime at Britain’s petrol service stations fell by eight per cent to £29.9 million in 2008, reversing a 13 per cent increase in estimated losses suffered by forecourt retailers in Britain during the previous year (2007) according to the latest forecourt crime statistics from BOSS – the British Oil Security Syndicate.

ACS concern over confusing alcohol code

Following the publication by the Home Office of a draft code of practice on alcohol sales, ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores), representing 33,000 convenience stores that would be affected by the code, has urged Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to think

Plant power fuels NFU chief's car

Plant power is being harnessed to fuel a car for the National Farming Union's renewable energy chief, underlining the technical possibilities and importance of sustainable biofuels.  The low-emissions Elsbett Audi A6 diesel will run on pure vegetable oil fuel produced by British rapeseed growers.

Bad timing for minimum wage increase, says SGF

The Scottish Grocer's Federation has criticised the Government's timing following its announcement of the increase in the national minimum wage –up by 1.2% from October 1, 2009. It mens the the adult NMW rate will increase from £5.73 per hour to £5.80.

Forecourt store numbers on the rise

The convenience store market has rocketed in value to £29.1 billion in the last year, with fresh food and symbol group partnerships helping boost the forecourt sector. According to IGD’s Evolution of Convenience Retailing report, published this month, the figure

Positive vibes

Always look on the bright side of life, as the famous Monty Python song goes, and what a jolly philosophy that is. Easy to sing at a knees-up maybe, but hard to stick to at all times, especially when someone nearby sneezes in a suspiciously swine-flu way, and you can immediately feel your temperature rising...

BOSS victory over stricter drive-off law

Stricter rules on drive-offs have come into force following a long campaign by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS). The Home Office National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS)

Take a chance on me

You know you're a 'Super Trouper', looking to make lots of 'Money, Money, Money', so you could be the 'Winner (who) Takes It All' at the '70s-themed Forecourt Trader of the Year awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on Thursday, September 24.  Visit the awards website

Get your fill

Gone are the days when petrol pumps were simply about dispensing fuel. The technology fitted to dispensers has moved on considerably in the past decade, with manufacturers continuing to bring new technology to the UK market.

Energy surge

Cola and pure fruit juice may be the biggest sub-categories within the soft drinks market but it's the energy drinks sector that is the fastest growing. According to Britvic's Soft Drinks Report 2009, glucose/stimulant drinks achieved 12% growth last year, with sales amounting to £522m in the total take-home market and £314m in impulse outlets. It's good news, particularly for forecourts where energy drinks sell and sell. Indeed AC Nielsen data puts Red Bull as the number one soft drink through forecourts on a cash rate of sale basis (see box p30.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands112.21122.26106.78
North East110.8763.90125.50105.36
North West111.4965.90121.74106.55
Northern Ireland108.30111.90101.84
South East113.30122.65108.11
South West112.20120.84106.51
West Midlands112.13125.92106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.7057.70123.12106.23

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