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Fuel cards on the up

High fuel prices are driving an increasing number of businesses to use fuel cards as a means of payment at the pump, claims Datamonitor.

Results of this month's online poll:

Do you think axing the fuel duty escalator would be the right thing to ease the burden of rising fuel prices?

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Retailers urged to stick to trusted suppliers

Forecourt retailers with off licences should always buy their wines and spirits from reliable sources, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD), after reports that up to a quarter of retail outlets in some parts of the country are stocking counterfeit alcohol products.

Topaz in €6m joint deal with McDonald's

Leading Irish fuel retailer Topaz and McDonald's have announced details of a joint investment of 6m in a new state-of-the-art service station on the Dublin/Cork motorway.

Jet names winners in dealer awards

St Blazey Service Station in Cornwall has been named winner of Jet's annual 'Aim4Success' awards, which recognise dealers' commitment to achieving high levels of service, safety, training and communication.

Baglan opts for Air1 for AdBlue

Baglan Service Station is the first service station in Wales to offer bulk dispensed AdBlue from Air1 on its HGV forecourt.

Movers and shakers

Just as MRH was again named the UK's number-one independent forecourt retailer in our 2011 Top 50 Indies listing, the company announced the sale of its commercial fuels distribution business Pace Fuelcare Ltd to GB Oils Ltd, a major operating subsidiary of Dublin-based DCC plc, and owner of Gulf Retail (see news pages).

In the surgery this month

GENERAL APPEARANCE: This Total service station is located just off the M25 at junction 13 and at the entrance to Egham town centre. It is clearly identified by a corporate Total canopy and pole showing illuminated, competitive fuel prices.

Will rising prices drive us to another 'fuel crisis'?

Anyone reading the news pages of February's Forecourt Trader can't have missed the biggest topic of the month the imminent 1ppl fuel duty hike due in April. Of course, that 'penny a litre' increase will translate into a rather larger figure at the pumps typically an extra 3-4ppl after VAT and whatever inflationary factors caused by the falling value of sterling and the ever-rising cost of raw crude are added. There was a lot of pious hope expressed by various senior figures in the industry that the rise might be 'deferred' or even that the Prime Minister would follow through on his idea of a 'fair fuel stabiliser'.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 2 September 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.1271.23141.73128.82
North East130.66140.60128.17
North West131.39140.18128.47
Northern Ireland129.03134.10126.35
South East132.7358.90141.28129.68
South West131.9563.90140.12128.70
West Midlands131.6066.90140.32129.05
Yorkshire & Humber131.2384.90140.57128.52

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