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Gulf site in Devon sold after strong competition

A prominent petrol filling station on the North Devon Link Road has been sold after strong competition among potential buyers.

Steve Rodell

Positive outlook as demand for forecourts remains strong, says Christie & Co

After years of divestment, oil companies look set to shake up the petrol filling station market in 2019, according to Steve Rodell, managing director retail, at property specialist Christie & Co, in the company’s latest report on the market, entitled ‘Navigate, Innovate, Accelerate’.

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Petrol sales pull out of slump with four-year high

Petrol sales in November were the highest for a single month in more than four years, but overall sales for the year are down, according to the latest figures released by HM Revenue & Customs.

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Electric and hybrid cars achieve most successful year

The Government’s Go Ultra Low campaign has released a report highlighting the record sales figures for electric cars in the UK.

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Kent service station for sale with £4m price tag

A site comprising an Esso-branded petrol station, car showroom and a convenience store has gone on the market with Christie & Co with a £4m price tag.

Alfa Power Ponton Main Service Station in Lincolnshire

Alfa Power launches EV charger at forecourt on A1

A service station in Lincolnshire has become the latest site to offer an Alfa Power electric vehicle (EV) charger.

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HMRC raids suspected fuel laundering plant in Newry

Two men have been arrested and a suspected fuel laundering site dismantled as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into what is believed to be a multi-million pound fuel fraud.

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The report was launched at a conference
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HIM analyses trends in Future of Convenience Report 2019

Vital trends crucial to success in the convenience retailing sector have been identified and analysed in the HIM Future of Convenience Report 2019.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS report highlights value of local stores in Wales

New research published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) reveals the growing importance of local shops to people in Wales.

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Government rejects MPs calls for earlier ban on petrol and diesel cars

The Government has dismissed calls by MPs to bring forward the date when sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned.

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Planners assess two more Euro Garages schemes

Euro Garages burst of developing new sites is continuing with another scheme set to be given consent, while it has also applied for permission to demolish and rebuild a site in Staffordshire.

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Rural filling station attracts long queues of traffic with low prices

A small rural petrol garage in Hawes, North Yorkshire, has attracted long queues as motorists flock to benefit from its low fuel prices, according to The Sun.

Jackie Mackenzie
Interim managing director Jackie Mackenzie
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Spar UK announces interim managing director roles

Spar has announced that Chris Lewis and Jackie Mackenzie will take on new interim MD roles leading the Spar UK team in Harrow.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for greater flexibility in planning system

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for greater flexibility in the planning system to enable retailers to respond to changing consumer demands.

Texaco rolls out Supreme '5p off' promotion

Texaco has launched a nationwide ‘Save 5p’ on Supreme fuel promotion. 

Shell announces new food-on-the-go venture with Jamie Oliver

Shell will launch its new food-on-the-go range - created with chef Jamie Oliver - at the end of this month. More than 80 new products will be available at more than 500 of Shell’s service stations across the UK, from January 31. The aim is to give customers a bigger, better choice.

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Forecourt veteran joins in action against Post Office Counters

An experienced forecourt operator is among some 560 retailers taking legal action against Post Office Ltd (POL) over accusations of false accounting using the Horizon system.

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Richard Billington, retail director of Certas Energy
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Intense competition for growth in forecourt sector set to continue

The pace of acquisition and change in the forecourt sector is not expected to slacken in 2019 despite the acquisition of MRH by MFG.

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Alternatively fuelled cars are set to overtake their rivals
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Global sales of petrol and diesel cars have peaked say experts

Global sales of petrol and diesel cars peaked in 2018, according to industry experts, and are set to decline as alternatively fuelled vehicles (AVCs) take over.

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Jaguar Land Rover invests for electric future

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer, has revealed plans to increase its investment in electric vehicles while shedding around 4,500 people in its global workforce.

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Andrew Cresswell
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Former MRH retail chief takes helm at Bestway Retail

The former managing director, retail of MRH, Andrew Cresswell, has been appointed chief retail officer of Bestway Retail, which comprises the company’s owned and franchise stores including Bargain Booze, Select Convenience, Central Convenience and Wine Rack. Central Convenience Stores has 20 forecourt sites.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS warns proposed rules could hit small shops in Scotland

Proposals by the Scottish Government to restrict locations in store where confectionery, biscuits, crisps and other products can be sold will cause significant problems for smaller stores the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has warned.

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Sales of motorbikes depressed by Brexit uncertainty

Sales of motorbikes were down 17.9% in December, compared with the same month a year earlier, and dealers expect this trend will continue into the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA).

Mossdale Service Station

Ascona Group buys site in Lancashire for £2m-plus

Rapidly growing forecourt operator Ascona Group has taken its estate to nine sites after the purchase of Mossdale Service Station, located on the A6, near to Carnforth in Lancashire.

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Supermarkets announce round of fuel price cuts

Asda sparked a round of price cuts on fuel on Monday January 7 when it announced it would cut up to 1ppl off unleaded petrol and 2ppl off diesel from the following day.

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Ford Fiesta was the top selling new car in 2018
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Plunging diesel sales depress new car sales for 2018

Plunging sales of diesel cars pushed the UK new car market down by 6.8% in 2018, with annual registrations falling for a second year to 2,367,147 units, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Ramsay MacDonald joins Essar Oil UK as head of retail

Essar Oil UK has announced the appointment of Ramsay MacDonald as head of retail for its expanding network of service stations in the UK.

Balraj Tandon

Balraj Tandon made MBE in New Year's Honours

Park Garage Group director Balraj Tandon has been made MBE in the New Year’s Honours in recognition of his services to business and the south London community.

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More reasons to attend The Forecourt Show 2019

Everything from crime prevention to creating bigger profits will be covered in the business advice section of The Forecourt Show 2019.

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Digger used in unsuccessful attempt to steal ATM

A digger was used in an unsuccessful attempt to remove an ATM from a forecourt store in Co Tyrone in the early hours of Sunday January 6.

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Welcome Break’s former chief executive joins McColl's as CFO

Welcome Break’s former chief executive Robbie Bell has been appointed chief financial officer of McColl's Retail Group plc.

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Supermarkets have given up fuel price competition claims RAC

Three of the big four supermarket groups appear to have stopped trying to compete with Asda on fuel prices, according to the RAC.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA slams proposal for quango to monitor petrol and diesel prices

The PRA has slammed a proposal by a group of MPs for an independent fuel price watchdog – to be called Pumpwatch – to monitor the cost of petrol and diesel.

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Northern Ireland drive-offs top 3,000 with only 37 prosecutions

There were more than 3,000 drive-offs reported to the police in Northern Ireland in just one year, with only 37 successful prosecutions, and the true level of forecourt crime is higher still according to the PRA.

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EG Group applies for permission for scheme in Aberdeenshire

Euro Garages’ parent company EG Group has applied for planning permission for a petrol filling station (PFS), ancillary retail, drive-thru and parking at the ‘City South’ area of Portlethen, in Aberdeenshire.

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Assistant threatened and assaulted by robbers in Leeds

West Yorkshire Police detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a petrol station in Leeds.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes proposal to extend plastic bag charge

Government plans to extend the single use plastic carrier bag charge to small retailers in England have been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Shopkeepers jailed after HMRC investigators find illegal stash

A pair of shopkeepers caught with more than 1.2 million illegal cigarettes, 300 kg of tobacco and nearly 6,000 litres of alcohol have been jailed.

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Assailants attack man in toilets of Surrey petrol station

Surrey Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the toilets of the BP garage in Ripley on December 17.

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Cyber security standards for self-driving vehicles published

New standards that have been unveiled for self-driving vehicles will help keep the UK at the forefront of advancing transport technology, according to a government minister.

Rockingham Service Station

The Kay Group chooses BP branding for new to industry site

BP has signed its first new to industry site with The Kay Group at Rockingham Service Station.

Maltby Service Station in Rotherham
Maltby Service Station in Rotherham
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Essar UK adds 11 MPK sites to its network

Eleven more sites have been added to Essar’s UK retail network, following the recent agreement with Top 50 Indie MPK Garages to rebrand and supply an initial tranche of 12 stations, the first of which opened last month.

James Hall's new Kirkby Stephen site

James Hall opens new Shell forecourt in Cumbria

A new Shell-branded forecourt and Spar store has been opened in Cumbria by the Spar wholesaler for Northern England, James Hall & Co.

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Police chief blames forecourt owners for fuel thefts

A police chief has blamed petrol station owners for fuel thefts after it was revealed just two out of 255 incidents in his territory this year resulted in charges.

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Pair jailed for torching taxi with driver inside on forecourt

Two men who set fire to a taxi on a petrol forecourt in Kent, while the driver was in the car, have been jailed.

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There has been a decline in ATM use
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Report confirms many people still rely on cash

Britain is not yet ready to go cashless, with about eight million people saying cash is a necessity, according to an interim report by the independent Access to Cash Review.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Plan to consult on English deposit return scheme for drinks containers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Newsagents Federation (NFRN) have welcomed the government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy for England.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt

Two BP with M&S Simply Food sites open after £5.3m spend

Two new BP service stations with M&S Simply Food stores have been opened following an investment of more than £5m.

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Prolific fuel thief jailed for more than three years

A thief who stole more than £4,000 worth of fuel from petrol stations across Solihull and Birmingham has been jailed.

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Tobacco smuggling lorry drivers sentenced to 18 months jail

Two lorry drivers, who tried to smuggle more than 1.5 million cigarettes into the UK hidden between bags of wood pellets, have been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 14 January 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East129.4057.70132.08120.74
East Midlands128.74133.01119.88
London129.5055.90132.94120.21
North East127.91131.75118.33
North West128.68136.12119.49
Northern Ireland126.96126.30118.64
Scotland128.89130.80119.71
South East129.8761.90132.47120.93
South West129.14130.43120.42
Wales128.35127.71119.26
West Midlands128.67132.51119.89
Yorkshire & Humber128.21133.99119.24

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