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Top 50 Indies own 25% of UK sites

The Top 50 Indies now account for almost 25% of the forecourts in the entire UK market, according to Forecourt Trader's latest report on the biggest independent retailers.Editor Merril Boulton told an audience of more than 150 at the 2016 Top 50 Indies Dinner that between them they added 361 sites during 2015 taking the total Top 50 to 2,123 sites.

Top of the class

Despite a surge of more than 300 in the total number of sites run by the Top 50 in last year's report, the independent sector's appetite for growth showed no sign of slackening with an even greater increase over the most recent 12 months.

Positive outlook

Last year saw a major landmark for the dealer sector in the UK as it powered ahead to represent nearly 70% of all UK forecourts.

Rising through the ranks

In what has already been a hectic year for businesses in Forecourt Trader's Top 50 Indies, another twist has just been added by HKS more than doubling in size to just under 60 sites in just three months.

World class

Euro Garages' rapid growth in the UK since its formation in 2001 has already propelled it into third spot in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies, and now it is aiming to become a leading player on a bigger stage. after a private equity firm agreed to invest in the company.

Pumping up the future

With Shell signing a deal for hydrogen refuelling stations (HFSs) at three of its sites, and Toyota launching its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UK, a new kind of fuel is finally gaining a little traction in this country.

Deferred justice

Brobot Petroleum, a Top 50 Indie which operates 23 filling stations in the Midlands, has successfully appealed via the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) imposition of unreasonable conditions to obtain an excise duty Deferment Account Number: Oil Products.

Mind the gap

Over the past few months, as the gap in wholesale prices for diesel and unleaded petrol has narrowed, a debate has raged between motoring organisations and retailers as to whether drivers were paying too much for diesel.

Growth attracts investors

Just days after Forecourt trader published its Fuel Market Review 2015, two big deals endorsed the Review's observation that "all the signs continue to be positive for the retail forecourt sector in the UK".

Delivering growth

Last month Booker Group plc surprised the industry by announcing a deal with Irish food wholesaler Musgrave Group plc, to buy its British offshoot, Musgrave Retail Partners GB which comprises the Londis and Budgens businesses for £40m. Completion of the acquisition is conditional on the approval of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) and Booker has already entered into talks with the CMA on the first 40 working day stage of this process. It is a process that Booker is familiar with as it had to clear the same hurdle when it took over the struggling Makro cash and carry business in 2013.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 13 January 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East133.36140.63128.51
East Midlands132.9085.90142.46128.30
London133.2164.57141.59128.81
North East131.51138.84126.57
North West132.01141.35127.57
Northern Ireland129.77132.73125.24
Scotland132.62140.86127.39
South East133.8765.90141.79129.06
South West132.9667.90140.14127.94
Wales132.08136.66127.27
West Midlands132.74141.94128.15
Yorkshire & Humber132.04141.31127.30

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