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Asda takes on Sainsbury with new price cuts

Asda has cut its fuel prices for the second times in five days, after a substantial reduction by Sainsbury threatened to undercut it.

Costco wins consent for petrol station

Costco has won planning permission for its first UK petrol station.

MRH Hursts brand rolled out to 35 stores

MRH Retail’s new store brand Hursts has been rolled out to 35 stores since three pilot stores were successfully launched in March, managing director John Lynn has told Forecourt Trader, with 100 sites expected by Spring 2014.

Suresite tops five million transactions a month

Suresite Card Services, which provides services to many forecourts, has exceeded five million transactions a month for the first time.

Call for lower drink-drive limit

Brake, the road safety charity, is calling for urgent government action to tackle drink drive casualties, after new government statistics revealed a 17% increase in drink drive deaths in Britain.

Forecourt pick-up points for online John Lewis shoppers

Petrol stations will be acting as collection points for online customers of John Lewis as part of a trial it is running.

Forecourt explosion criminal jailed

A thief who took part in a raid where a petrol station was blown up causing £165,000 of damage has been jailed for three and a half years.

Sainsbury's cuts up to 6ppl off fuel

Sainsbury’s is the third of the big four supermarkets this week to announce it is cutting its fuel prices, and it will be introducing the deepest cuts.

HMRC crackdown on illegal alcohol sales in Scotland

An HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) taskforce is cracking down on sales of illegal alcohol in Scotland.

PRA organises regeneration forum

The energy & business minister Michael Fallon will be the keynote speaker at a major forum organised by the PRA to find ways to halt the decline of the independent forecourt sector and stimulate growth.

Police investigate racial abuse of forecourt cashier

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a cashier at a Norwich petrol station was racially abused by a customer.

Istobal extends supply deal with Morrisons

Car wash equipment manufacturer Istobal has announced that it has been awarded a three-year extension to its supply contract with Morrisons.

Mixed reaction to Labour leader's speeech

Labour leader Ed Miliband’s speech to his party conference has provoked a mixed reaction from businesses and trade bodies.

Tesco follows Asda with fuel price cut announcement

Tesco is dropping the price of unleaded petrol by up to 2ppl and diesel by 1ppl from September 24.

Asda sets new national fuel price limit

Asda has announced a new national price cap following the latest reductions in wholesale costs on unleaded and diesel – it’s second such announcement in two weeks.

Record number of older drivers on the road

The number of older people with driving licences has exceeded the four million mark according to data analysed by the RAC Foundation. The figures show there are now 4,018,900 men and women aged 70 or over who hold a valid full British licence.

Forecourt owner welcomes end of WPC's claim

A Norfolk petrol retailer who was being sued by a policewoman who injured herself on his forecourt during a call-out, has welcomed her decision to drop the case.

AA launches price comparison app

The AA is launching a smartphone price comparison app which it claims will enable its members to find the cheapest fuel in their area.

Roll-out of Tesco Clubcard reaches 800 Esso sites

The roll-out of the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme to the wider Esso network, which was exclusively revealed by, has now reached more than 800 service stations, according to the fuel company.

Pair jailed over tobacco duty fraud

Two Manchester men caught with illegal tobacco and unexplained cash in their homes have been jailed following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Midlands Co-op joins Payment Watch

Midland Co-operative Society has signed up to the Payment Watch debt recovery scheme run by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS).

Euro Garages wins Forecourt Trader of the Year 2013

Moshin and Zuber Issa of Top 50 Indie group Euro Garages, took top honours at last night’s prestigious Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, in front of a packed audience in the glamorous surroundings of the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.

Asda ranks highest in poll to find nation's favourite forecourt

Asda is ranked as the nation’s favourite forecourt in a new independent study by Market Force Information, a global specialist in customer intelligence solutions. 

PRA forecasts gradual fall in fuel prices

The sudden price hike in both Brent crude oil and UK wholesale fuel prices has thankfully receded as the likelihood of US and UK intervention in Syria subsides, Brian Madderson, PRA chairman, has reported.

Phillips 66 shows appoints new national sales manager

Phillips 66 has further strengthened its commitment to UK fuel sales with the appointment of Tony Reddington as national sales manager for its UK & Ireland Marketing division.

Cricket star Broad bowls up at BP garage

England Cricketer Stuart Broad surprised staff in a BP Garage in Feltham today (September 17) when he arrived to lend a helping hand in store. The Ashes hero took some time out of his busy diary to help out the everyday busy commuters and employees while educating them on the importance of having a healthy diet while on the go.

Clegg confirms mandatory plastic bag charge

A five pence mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced at the weekend.

Moto Hospitality launches workspace service for motorists

Moto Hospitality, the UK's largest motorway service area operator, has launched its first Regus Express business centre today, following its agreement with the global workspace provider to offer professional workspace and business support for motorists and mobile workers.

ACS warns Cable not to meddle with minimum wage

Business Secretary Vince Cable has been warned by the ACS about the dangers of political interference in the setting of the national minimum wage.

ACS urges retailers to submit views on alcohol licence consultation

Retailers are being encouraged by the Assocation of Convenience Stores (ACS) to submit their views on a consultation by the Home Office, which proposes the end of the personal alcohol licence.

Retailers should fight late-night alcohol levy, says Botkai

Retailers should put up a fight when Licensing Authorities decide to put impose a late night levy on all premises that are licensed to sell alcohol between 12 midnight and 6am (or shorter period), Robert Botkai, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, has urged.

Motorcycle sales slump despite sunny summer

The slump in sales of new motorcycles in August is "extremely disappoiinting", says Sue Robinson, director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

Plug-in-vehicles fail to ignite market as sales plunge

The latest registration figures for plug-in vehicles have confirmed that the government's ultra-low emission incentive scheme is failing to ignite the market.

Murco and Costcutter extend partnership with new three-year deal

Murco Petroleum Ltd and Costcutter Supermarkets Group are to continue their partnership with a new three year contract to supply Murco’s 230 company-owned forecourts across the UK. This further extends the relationship between the two companies that began in 1996 and covers both the Murco full supermarket and smaller ‘Express’ store formats.

Convenience will outstrip superstore growth rate over next five years

The UK food and grocery market is set to be worth £206bn by 2018, with convenience, online and discounters being the fastest-growing parts of the market, according to the latest research from  IGD. If the forecast is accurate the market would grow by 21% from its current value of £170bn.

Top 50 indie Brobot in positive mood following good results

A strong focus on non-fuel sales has contributed to a healthy growth in profits for Top 50 indie, Brobot Petroleum Ltd (BPL), part of the Brobot Group Ltd (BGL). It reported an increase in pre-tax profits to £375,215 on sales up 2.9% to £113.9m for the year ending March 31, 2013, with indications of another good year to come.

Police appeal for witnesses following attempted forecourt robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a petrol station in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent at approximately 10.30pm last Friday.

People power saves Sherborne from Tesco

Top 50 Indie Symonds Retail is one of many retail establishments in Sherborne, Dorset, celebrating the town’s landmark campaign success since the announcement by Tesco MD, Chris Bush, earlier this month that Tesco has withdrawn its plans to replace a popular hotel with a 28,000 sq ft superstore.

Consultant claims forecourts are missing out on millions of pounds in unclaimed tax allowances

Garage and filling station businesses across the UK are among property owners losing out on millions of pounds in unclaimed capital allowances, according to a senior tax consultant at global information services company Wolters Kluwer.

Maxol unveils new-look motor oil range

Maxol Lubricants, part of the Maxol Group, has unveiled a new motor oil range for the retail market. The range has been designed to reflect the new look of the Maxol brand and introduces new labels and symbols help motorists choose the correct motor oil. Aids include a label for suitability for petrol or diesel engines, and a list of vehicles for which the oil is recommended.

FTA seeks involvement with road infrastructure funding

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for the industry to be closely involved with discussions about road infrastructure funding, following the announcement by the Highways Agency of an upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

Maxol launches fundraising car-wash campaign to help support children's charity

A 'Wash for Wishes' car wash fundraising campaign has been launched by Irish fuel supplier and retailer Maxol, as part of the company's charity partnership with the Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Raid uncovers massive fuel laundering plant

An illegal fuel factory in Northern Ireland capable of laundering and packing an estimated 24 million litres of diesel a year has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Warning that recession is affecting safety

Financial pressures mean safety procedures are being neglected in some areas of the forecourt sector, according to new research by sign installation and maintenance company Xmo Strata

Murco clarifies over portfolio purchase

Murco has reacted to an article in the September issue of Forecourt Trader about the sale of 54 filling stations that it operates.

New car sales growing strongly

The latest new car sales figures show month on month sales were up 10.9% compared to August last year, with the market up 10.4% for the year to date.

FTA seeks support for low emission HGVs

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the inclusion of freight in the government’s publication Driving the Future Today – A Strategy for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles in the UK, but remains concerned that not enough funding support or focus is being allocated to the HGV sector.

ACS publishes study of sector

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published a comprehensive report detailing the local shop sector and the support they provide to their communities.

Independent tops supermarket money-off deals

An independent forecourt is outdoing the multiples' headline-grabbing money-off deals on fuel. Paul Delves, the former managing director of the 10-store Harry Tuffins group which was bought by the Co-op, is back in business and is offering vouchers giving 15p off per litre of fuel, up to 50 litres, for customers who spend £75 in store.

Tax authorities given new powers

Law-abiding businesses being undercut by tax fraudsters will benefit from a new initiative according to the tax authorities.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 17 June 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.8782.90140.07128.54
North East130.88139.09127.62
North West132.1562.90139.28127.89
Northern Ireland129.57133.57126.60
South East133.4265.90141.12129.16
South West132.7160.90139.02128.34
West Midlands132.55141.25128.31
Yorkshire & Humber131.61140.87127.82

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