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Superstores cut fuel prices… again

Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have all cut the price of their fuel – for the second time in a fortnight.

UKPIA launches 2018 Statistical Review

Nearly 30 billion litres of diesel were sold as road fuel in the UK last year, according to UKPIA’s newly published Statistical Review 2018. Its compilation of UK downstream oil industry statistics found that in 2017 diesel demand grew by around 1%, while demand for petrol remained virtually flat compared to the previous year. And while that 1% increase for diesel might sound good, it compares badly to the average annual growth rate of 4% over the past three decades. Although diesel sales increased by 1%, the Review reports that sales of diesel cars decreased by 17.1% last year, and demand for petrol cars grew by 2.7%.

Sewell on the go managing director Patrick Sewell & Sewell on the go (centre); Cottingham store manager Adam Hamlet (right) with Alan Brattan, chair of Governors at Cottingham High School, and pupils from years 7, 8 & 9.
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Sewell on the go donation helps local school acquire new minibus

Top 50 Indie Sewell on the go has donated more than £2,500 to pupils at an East Riding secondary school to reach their target for a new minibus.

Euro Garages gets green light in Ripon

Euro Garages has been given the green light to build a new forecourt on the outskirts of Ripon, despite one local claiming that the development would be a ‘carbuncle’ on one of the most scenic approaches to the city.

Asda removes jet washes in bid to win planning consent

Asda has re-submitted plans for a forecourt at its Ferring site in Sussex, after its original proposals were thrown out.

Cash in as you bin recycling scheme launches at M20 Maidstone Services

Launching today (June 21) motorists will be able to claim money off their service station snacks and drinks just by putting their empty plastic bottles and coffee cups in special 'recycling reward' machines. The machines will issue a 5p money-off voucher for each item deposited and are part of a new pilot campaign called #DriveDownLitter, which aims to encourage road users to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Free charging on Clean Air Day says Instavolt CEO

Today is Clean Air Day (June 21) and electric car charging specialist InstaVolt is making its stations completely free to use in recognition of the event.

C-store cashpoint service essential to fill gaps left by banks

ACS has responded to the publication of a recent report from consumer group Which? that warns of 60 bank branches closing every month, highlighting the role of convenience stores in continuing to provide banking services for local customers.

Bestway adds two depots to boost service to customers

Bestway Wholesale has exchanged contracts with AF Blakemore with a view to purchasing two of the company’s cash and carry depots. The deal entails the purchase of the 151,000 square foot depot in Cardiff, and the 76,000 square foot depot in Walsall.

Retail success needs future-focused mindset, says IGD

The shoppers of the future will be time optimisers, health conscious, individual, experimental and socially conscious, according to a new report from grocery research charity IGD, which identifies an emerging group of ‘influencer shoppers’ that currently represents around 25% of the total shopper population.

Applegreen completes 80th Subway outlet

Top 50 Indie Applegreen has installed its 80th Subway outlet within its UK and Ireland-based network. The store is at the Applegreen forecourt at Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan, Republic of Ireland

London Mayor calls for 2030 ban on pure diesel and petrol cars

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today urged the government to bring forward current plans to ban the sale of new pure diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 to 2030 to tackle the nation’s growing air quality health crisis.

Londis boasts 'best-ever' performance with sales up 19%

Londis has revealed what it describes as its “best ever” performance with latest figures showing an overall sales growth of +19%. Non tobacco sales were up 26%, with tobacco sales also delivering a strong performance of +16%.

Fuel sales boost for Co-op site following £1.9m redevelopment

Texaco has reported a 28% boost in fuel sales following a major makeover to the Co-op petrol filling station in Sandford, Dorset.

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MFG renews Texaco deal for 81 sites and adds six more

Valero has agreed a new five-year deal with Motor Fuel Group (MFG), which is set to become the largest independent forecourt operator in the UK. The agreement sees Valero renew 81 Texaco-branded MFG sites and, in addition, gain six new sites.

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Robber jailed for attacking teenage female attendant

A 30-year-old man who attacked a teenage female forecourt attendant during a robbery has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

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Daimler recalls cars over software tricking emissions tests

German car maker Daimler could be forced to recall 774,00 vehicles across Europe and fit them with new software because of fears they may currently be programmed to trick emissions tests.

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ACS calls for targeted action to reduce impact of illicit trade

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has renewed its calls for targeted action at a local level, to reduce the impact of the illicit trade on responsible retailers.

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Porsche launches app to help EV drivers with charging

Porsche has launched a digital platform to encompass all aspects of the charging process.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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MPs raise problems of business rates for smaller businesses

MPs raised concerns about the cost of business rates and its impact on small businesses during a debate on the subject on Wednesday June 13.

JTI steps up campaign against under age tobacco sales

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has announced that it will launch an enhanced youth access prevention programme targeting underperforming areas across the UK.

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Tobacco smuggling gang sentences total more than 21 years

A gang who smuggled illegal tobacco hidden inside fridges, microwaves and vacuum cleaners to evade £12m in tax, have been jailed for a total of 21 years and five months.

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Supermarkets cut fuel prices following criticism from RAC

Supermarkets have announced fuel price cuts hours after the RAC criticised them for holding onto savings resulting from a fall in wholesale prices.

Oil4Wales director Sally Owens and managing director Colin Owens
Oil4Wales director Sally Owens and managing director Colin Owens
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Oil4Wales celebrates turnover exceeding £100m for first time

Welsh fuel distributor and forecourt operator Oil 4 Wales is celebrating its turnover rising above £100m for the first time.

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BP wins consent for scheme with M&S and McDonald’s drive-thru

BP Oil has won planning permission for a new petrol filling station, M&S Simply Food and McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant on a greenfield site in Suffolk.

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The new Pasty Shop at Telford Services
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Welcome Break adds Upper Crust to its range at motorway services

Motorway services operator Welcome Break is introducing new branded outlets at its services in partnership with SSP, an operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide.

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Northern Irish police warn about gang targeting rural ATMs

Detectives in Northern Ireland are warning that more than 15 attacks on ATMs may be down to the same gang, and are urging retailers to take precautions.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS gives evidence to inquiry into children and energy drinks

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has given evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is currently holding an inquiry into the impact of energy drinks on children’s health. 

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Thousands of pounds was found stuffed in shoes
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Retailer prosecuted after HMRC finds illicit tobacco and cash

A Ballymena retailer, who hid illicit tobacco under the floor boards of his store and thousands of pounds of cash in his shoes, has been sentenced for excise fraud.

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PRA highlights importance of cash to many forecourt customers

Following last week’s Visa card system crash, which left millions of people unable to pay for goods and services in the UK and across Europe, the PRA has highlighted the importance of cash in its submission to a Government consultation.

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BP rolls out AdBlue pumps for commercial customers

BP is rolling out AdBlue pumps for commercial vehicles across the UK this summer.

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Euro Garages opens new £3.5m site near Ashby-de-la-Zouch

A new £3.5m Esso-branded petrol station, which includes a Starbucks, KFC and drive-thru Greggs, has been opened by Top 50 Indie Euro Garages

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JTI warns retailers about fake money-off coupons

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is warning retailers to be alert following the discovery of a fake tobacco voucher in the Nottingham area.

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Tougher laws introduced for emissions cheating car makers

Car makers will face heavy fines if they supply vehicles designed to cheat emissions tests, the government has announced.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes report calling for new policies on shop theft

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a new report from the Centre for Social Justice, called Desperate for a Fix, which highlights the close link between drug addiction and theft, and calls for new policies to tackle the £6.3bn annual cost of shop theft.

£30m funding for development of self-driving vehicles

Companies are being invited to compete for £30m of funding to support the development of self-driving vehicles on UK roads, business minister Richard Harrington has announced.

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Man charged after 3.6 million illicit cigarettes are seized

A 58-year-old man has been charged after an estimated 3.6 million suspected illicit cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the Gartcosh area, a few miles east of Glasgow.

MFG takeover of MRH set for completion within two weeks

MFG’s takeover of MRH is expected to be completed later this month after it passed a significant regulatory hurdle.

CWA chairman Brian Madderson
CWA chairman Brian Madderson
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Car Wash Association calls for action against car wash slavery

The Car Wash Association (CWA) has welcomed a church anti-slavery initiative, the Safe Car Wash App, that was launched this week, but has said the government needs to do far more to tackle the issue.

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Applegreen agrees deal to acquire a further 43 US sites

Applegreen is set to expand further in the US after agreeing a deal for a network of 43 petrol filling station sites in Florida from CrossAmerica Partners (CAP).

MFG Buccaneer in Cleethorpes
MFG Buccaneer in Cleethorpes
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Jet adds five further MFG sites to its network

Top 50 Indie MFG has signed a new long-term supply contract with Jet, resulting in five new gains for the fuel brand in the heart of its east coast territory.

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Ford Fiesta is the top selling model
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Sales of new cars continue their recovery in May

The UK new car market continued the recovery that started in April with modest growth of 3.4% in May, with 192,649 new units registered, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Machete-wielding thug threatens staff during robbery

A Tesco petrol station in Scotland was robbed after two members of staff were held up by a man with a machete.

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Petrol price rises climb to new monthly record

Petrol prices in May saw the highest monthly increase since the RAC began tracking prices 18 years ago, with average prices up 6ppl.

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BP hands dealers huge bills after error over card charges

BP dealers have been handed bills of £5,000 to £10,000 per site by the oil company, after it uncovered an accounting error, and told them it will be recovered by direct debits over three consecutive months.

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JTI involved in prosecution of illegal tobacco seller

Japan Tobacco International has announced that, in partnership with anti-counterfeiting agency TM Eye, it has for the first time been involved in a private prosecution of a seller of illegal tobacco.

MyHailo driver Ian Oakley gets help filling up
MyHailo driver Ian Oakley gets help filling up
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Edinburgh provides best service for disabled motorists

Edinburgh is the most accessible region in the UK for disabled motorists when it comes to refuelling at petrol stations, according to new figures.

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Sewell on the go supports local anti-slavery initiative

Top 50 Indie Sewell on the go is supporting an anti-slavery campaign by its local Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership.

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London mayor sets up taskforce to boost electric vehicle use

A new taskforce dedicated to boosting the infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) across the capital has been launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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Greenhouse gas emissions from transport in EU increasing

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4% in 2016, according to latest official data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), but transport emissions increased for the third consecutive year.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 June 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East132.18140.02129.21
East Midlands131.6092.90141.48128.80
London132.06140.40129.21
North East131.2866.90141.91127.99
North West131.52141.49128.24
Northern Ireland130.8069.90135.52128.45
Scotland131.78138.84128.60
South East132.40141.08129.46
South West131.8662.90140.58129.06
Wales131.5463.90140.13128.63
West Midlands131.1759.80140.83128.45
Yorkshire & Humber130.8879.90140.94127.89

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