Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community

Petrol prices set to soar to £1.20 by year end

The RAC has warned that petrol prices are set soar to £1.20 a litre by the end of the year. The organisation said that several facters were to blame, including rising oil prices, the government's planned fuel duty hike, and the end of the lower rate of VAT. It added this could all lead to a return of the record highs seen at the pumps last summer.

Shell looks at selling Ellesmere Port refinery

Shell has confirmed it is considering selling its major oil refinery at Ellesmere Port. The spokeswoman for the company said the move was part of a review of Shell's refining business, and that if the Stanlow site was

Ministers urged to act swiftly over Ombudsman

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on ministers to act swiftly and decisively to introduce a Grocery Ombudsman now that they have received a formal recommendation from the Competition Commission. ACS

End of an era

Yes it's true - although I don't think it has really sunk in for me and a good many others yet - for the first time in 20 years there is no Mogas column at the back of the magazine. We shall all miss the extremely talented and insightful writings of our Mogas columnist, whose identity has always been a well-kept secret - despite the many attempts by one and all to uncover it! For the moment we will keep it that way - in case (and in the hope) that our beloved Mogas will one day pick up his pen again, if only on special occasions. After all, his knowledge and experience of the petrol retailing sector goes a long way back, to when the industry was a very different place - to a time when there were more than 20,000 forecourts, and licensees were a thriving sector of the fuel retailing community. Mogas had plenty to say about the many conflicts between oil companies and retailers, as the balance of power fluctuated; as well as the radical changes that have taken place in the industry; and the many characters that have come and gone. Remember the Manic Hen? That was a Mogas-ism, concocted from the surname of a Texaco executive who created havoc in the network in the '90s. His more recent columns remain on the website for you to peruse. Meanwhile, we're more than happy to pass on your sentiments to him - he still has forecourts, although is busy pursuing other businsses.

Forced to shut over biofuels

A Yorkshire retailer is planning to sell off his stock at cost price and shut down the pumps at his family business after 50 years - due to biofuels legislation.

in brief

== Duty hike backfires ==

Results of this month's online poll:

In the light of recent sharply rising petrol prices, have you been using your diesel margin to subsidise unleaded?

Euro Garages spends £2.3m on flagship site

Top 50 independent retailer Euro Garages has reopened its flagship site -

Retirement prompts sale

Speedway Service Station, on the busy A396 between Exeter and Tiverton, Devon, has been sold by Christie & Co.

Crunch at lunchtime

The Air Ambulance had to be called to a Shell filling station after an elderly couple drove their Jaguar straight into the wall of the forecourt's shop after filling up. The lunchtime accident happened at Shell's Broughton Astley

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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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