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

April Fuels Day

It may be April 1, but Brian Madderson of RMI Petrol is not fooled by the government's attempt to bury the extent of today's tax-induced fuel price increases and lay the cause at retailers' doors. He has encouraged retailers to display notices on their counters showing how tax rises on fuel since January 1 have added 6ppl to the price of fuel. This is calculated by the VAT rise from 15% to 17.5%; today's duty increase of 2ppl ( which includes the decrease in duty incentive to refiners on biofuel production); and the resulting increased VAT paid overall due to the rising oil market prices.

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It's encouraging to see that petrol retailers aren't fighting their corner alone. Or so it would seem when you've got someone like Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, speaking as though he really understands the vulnerabilities of the service station business.

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Time to roll the dice

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Licky stars

According to Wall's Ice Cream, 60% of value sales of ice cream in forecourts come from chocolate snacks compared to 50% in other impulse channels. It seems whether it's white van man or Mr Mondeo the sales rep, they like their choccie even in the summer, when it has to be delivered in frozen form. That means you should be stocked up with Magnums and Mars ice creams.

Brand aid

During the recession there's been much talk about consumers turning their backs on big brands and opting for own-label versions of their favourite products instead. However this big switch has not been altogether successful. Some consumers have tried own-label, found it lacking, and gone back to brands while some brands have used promotions and the introduction of value ranges to hold onto their consumers. It seems the power of the brand should not be under-estimated and that's the reason why so many motorway services ally themselves with big brands think Burger King, KFC, M&S Simply Food and now Waitrose.

Fever pitch

T he 2010 World Cup, with its army of fans across the UK, will be a big sales winner for retailers. According to pundits, they should see a significant sales uplift, with shoppers reporting that they will be buying more beer, wine and spirits and snacks to consume during the event.

Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards start here

Get your cameras and pens out, and start filling in those forms this is where the competition for this year's Forecourt Trader of the Year award winners begins. The competition is open to all retailers whether you are an independent dealer with a large chain, or a small rural site; an oil company franchisee in a main road location; or a manager on an oil company-owned site, there is an opportunity for all categories of retailer to enter.

Site numbers reach a new Iow

The number of operational UK forecourts fell to 9,013 last year, according to the latest Retail Marketing Survey, conducted by the Energy Institute.

Budget dismissed as "smoke and mirrors"

Smoke and mirrors is how Brian Madderson, chairman of RMI Petrol, described the Budget. He said: "The Chancellor failed to mention that, in

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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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