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Santa's sales winners

Whether it's a tub of your favourite twistwraps, an extra large Toblerone or a Chocolate Orange, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without chocolate. No wonder then that it's the most important time of the year for chocolate sales.

Chance to win thousands of cash prizes with Trebor Win Small

Trebor is offering thousands of consumers the chance to win over 10,000 cash prizes, with its latest promotion, Trebor Win Small.

Getting Fright Night right

The growing popularity of Halloween provides many exciting opportunities for the retail sector. That's the verdict of research company Kids Insights' latest survey of more than 5,000 youngsters. The survey found that 70% of children are planning to celebrate Halloween this year, a figure which jumps to 89% among four to six-year-olds. Kids Insights says this demonstrates the strength of the event which is resonating more strongly with every generation of UK children and how it has established itself as one of the key events for UK retailers.

Top side sales

While the type of products available via pump-top promotions can be bought online from Amazon and eBay, and in stores such as B&M, it's the impulse nature of these purchases that still drives sales in forecourts. "People don't visit a forecourt store expecting to buy a gardening tool," explains Karanbir Landa, director at DSL Group, "but when they are presented with one in-store, in front of them, they feel obliged to buy it."

Your dash for cash

Most communities in the UK have Facebook pages nowadays. Trawl through yours and you can bet there will be people complaining about potholes, roadworks and traffic. Responses to these complaints invariably advise people to 'get a dashcam' so they can protect themselves (and their insurance premiums).

Net some extra profits

This summer is a World Cup year in football which means a once-in-every-four-years opportunity for forecourts to enjoy a sales uplift from customers stocking up on essentials for a night in front of the TV watching the football. While Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all fell short in qualification, it's once again retailers in England who will feel the biggest benefit, but the stars on show from countries such as Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Germany should bring an increase in 'big night in' sales opportunities to all corners of the UK.

More share options

Shoppers buying items for a family night in have never had it so good thanks to two huge promotions from major convenience brands. Nestlé Confectionery has teamed up with Sky Store for a deal where consumers receive a £5.99/7.99 Sky Store Buy & Keep movie voucher in return for collecting four promotional packs from its range of sharing bags. When you 'Buy & Keep' a movie from Sky you get the digital copy to keep on your TV or other devices, and the DVD sent direct to your home. You don't have to be a Sky customer to use Buy & Keep and the Nestlé vouchers expire at the end of September 2018.

Elizabeth Shaw launches chocolates with a twist

Elizabeth Shaw is launching Twists, described as an indulgent selection of individually wrapped hazelnut treats enrobed in milk chocolate and praline, topped with crisp rice and coated in milk chocolate. They come in a box that opens and closes with one big twist. Elizabeth Shaw managing director, Karen Crawford, said the company had created a beautiful deluxe box perfect for sharing at home but also for giving as a gift.

Hi-Spirits offers new big-brand gift range

Hi-Spirits has a new range of gift packs featuring Southern Comfort, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fireball and the King of Soho Gin. Rrps range from £14 to £34.

Country Choice in a swirl for festive season

Newcomers to Country Choice's Christmas line-up include a Chocolate Orange pastry swirl and a Panettone flavour swirl. The first is an orange-flavour butter pastry base filled with crème pâtissière and chocolate chips, sprinkled with a golden sugar topping. The latter is a butter pastry swirl filled with crème pâtissière, sultanas and candied orange peel. Both have a two-day shelf life when wrapped.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 19 August 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.1066.40141.37129.07
North East130.85144.25128.58
North West131.60139.66128.82
Northern Ireland129.13134.50126.35
South East132.8662.50141.62129.81
South West132.24138.89129.06
West Midlands131.8660.90141.24128.98
Yorkshire & Humber131.40140.49128.65

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