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April

Merril Boulton: Panic stations

Whether you regarded it as a crisis or an opportunity, it was certainly a mess as millions of motorists were advised by government ministers to amble along to their nearest fuel station and keep their tanks 'topped up'.

Shop Doctor: Deeside Service Station, Deeside Industrial Park

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Two miles from the end of the M56, on the A548 towards north Wales and at the entrance to Zone 2 of the Deeside Industrial Park, stands the large Euro Garages site (around 2.5 acres) with its 24-hour BP, Starbucks drive-thru coffee shop, Spar store and Burger King.

Forecourt stores are still really hooked on tobacco

Every retailer has been aware for many months of the impending ban on tobacco displays in 'large' stores those over 280sq m or 3,000sq ft which comes into effect on April 6 in England, and on October 6 in Northern Ireland. At the time of writing it was still unclear precisely when the ban would be applied in Scotland or Wales.

Ice picks

Easter is deemed the official start of the ice cream season when retailers start dusting down their freezer cabinets and re-stocking them with the latest lines.

Motor money

Fuel prices may be at record levels and motor insurance sky high but, according to the car care companies, motorists are still willing to spend money looking after their vehicles.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 January 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East133.4167.40141.10128.52
East Midlands132.93141.67128.44
London133.0565.90142.23128.80
North East131.55139.57126.67
North West132.1066.90140.54127.58
Northern Ireland129.82134.61125.46
Scotland132.65139.08127.50
South East133.80141.93129.03
South West132.9567.90139.13128.12
Wales132.1064.90137.03127.13
West Midlands132.7866.57142.07128.26
Yorkshire & Humber131.9963.90141.14127.34

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