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Pricing law threat

The UK is not alone in suffering the effects of predatory pricing, where the biggest players in any market can use their huge financial muscle to decimate the livelihoods of the smaller ones and apparently get away with it.

Rude awakening

A new campaign from the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) and the Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) is giving motorists a much-needed wake-up call as it highlights the burden of excessive fuel taxes in a bid to raise pressure on the Treasury to cut fuel duty.

Must try harder

Arather gloomy picture of how forecourt shoppers view the nation's forecourts has been revealed in the latest Forecourt Report by leading sector wholesaler Palmer and Harvey. With a focus on 'understanding today and preparing for tomorrow', the over-riding picture revealed in the report is "not an especially positive one", according to Palmer and Harvey's chief executive Chris Etherington.

Supermarket sweep

More than two thirds of UK motorists are more likely to refuel their cars at a supermarket petrol station than any other forecourt, according to new research by customer intelligence company Market Force.

How it all began

It was a time when petrol cost £1.70 a gallon or 38 pence a litre and Maggie Thatcher was re-elected making her the longest-serving Prime Minister since the early 19th century. Forecourt Trader was officially launched in April 1987, following its humble beginnings as a supplement within another title Car and Accessory Trader (CAT), owned by Haymarket Magazines. The response to these early editorials was such that the publisher sensed a period of great entrepreneurial activity, at a time when convenience retailing first began to make its way into the forecourt market. The time of Gerald Ronson at Heron, Rikki Hunt at Elf and Tony Southworth at Telegraph.

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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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