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Time for feedback

A new study looking at the attitudes of fuel customers and why they choose particular brands, has underlined the growing dominance of the supermarkets. Customer intelligence specialist Market Force Information, surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across the UK in an effort to understand the choices made when purchasing fuel.

Reports hit the flaw

The findings of January's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report on the UK road fuel market have been seriously undermined by the revised market share figures for supermarkets released by the government (see panel). They show that the supermarkets have a far higher share of the UK road fuels market than was previously admitted.

Change on the cards

The news that the European Commission is to introduce limits on the charges retailers pay for processing credit card and debit card payments has been welcomed by the PRA, but chairman Brian Madderson said a lot more still needs to be done to address problems in this area.

Refining the cost of fuel

Two major reports in the past month have looked at road fuels and the motoring sector from very different perspectives, but both have highlighted the cost of fuel and taxation.

Spotlight on pricing

Many in the trade have welcomed the decision by the European Commission (EC) to launch an investigation into oil price fixing, especially after the disappointment caused by the OFT's refusal to sanction a probe into the UK road fuel market just weeks earlier.

Positive outlook

There are plenty of positive things happening in the market for independent dealers. That was the message from Experian Catalist's account manager, Arthur Renshaw, as he kicked off the Forecourt Spotlight session at this year's Forecourt Show.

A sustainable case?

The introduction of E10 fuel into the UK came a step closer this week as the finishing touches were applied to a public awareness campaign about it. No oil company has yet committed to introducing E10 into the UK, but when one does the campaign will swing into operation to smooth the way.

Freedom and flexibility

Last month, leading fuel supplier Greenergy came good on its promise of a multi-format offer for independent dealers, with the announcement that it has added the Esso and Nisa brands to its portfolio. The Greenergy offer now combines fuel supply with a choice of oil major, convenience, independent and dealer own-brands, as well as a range of support services.

A missed opportunity

After winning a long battle just to get the OFT to consider whether there were competition problems in the road fuel market, the outcome last week was a deep disappointment for the PRA, and the many other groups campaigning for a full investigation.

Footfall offers hope

The forecourt sector is facing a tough start to 2013, as it will be affected by the wider economy, but there will be trends and opportunities that could be turned to operators benefit. That's the view of the industry at the start of the New Year.

Question time with Caroline Hobson

Q Last month was the deadline for submissions to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for its short inquiry into the petrol retailing sector. What happens now?

Your industry needs you

Retailers have until October 18 to respond to an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) questionnaire as part of its assessment of the UK petrol and diesel fuel sector to identify whether or not there are competition problems it can tackle.

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: 13 November 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East122.9762.90129.22120.30
East Midlands122.51131.19120.13
London123.0159.23131.32120.49
North East122.2163.40130.26120.15
North West122.3953.80130.05119.91
Northern Ireland121.09125.70118.82
Scotland122.68128.95119.79
South East123.2069.90130.92120.88
South West122.77128.85120.30
Wales122.4253.90128.26119.82
West Midlands122.0958.90130.41119.94
Yorkshire & Humber122.3453.70132.45119.99

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