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Prices galore as website goes live

A new website, is being launched this month which could radically change the way independent fuel retailers do business, according to Darren Briggs, managing director of a recently formed company based in Wales, called Big Oil Associates.

Rugby's last indie closes

A Midlands town has lost what is believed to be its last independent petrol

Surprise at level prices

The prices of unleaded fuel and diesel are in a period of almost unprecedented stability, according to the latest Allstar Fuel report from fleet and fuel management company Arval PHH. It has found that since mid-August the prices of both diesel and unleaded have varied by less than a penny per litre from week to week – 77.50-78ppl for diesel and 76-77 ppl for unleaded.

New show shares the stage with CRS

The importance of convenience retailing for today’s forecourt operators is acknowledged this March with the launch of the Forecourt Retailing Show, NEC, Birmingham, March 14-17. Part of the Convenience Retailing Show 2004, the event is the initiative of Forecourt Trader and Convenience Store publisher, William Reed Business Media Ltd, which also organises the biennial International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Exhibition.

Stansted airport shake up

The planned second runway at Stansted Airport in Essex will bring more road traffic to the area, but other aspects of the airport’s expansion have brought mixed fortunes to forecourts on the A120 and the A10 access roads.

LRP supply not in crisis

Fuel distributor, Bayford & Co, has vowed to continue meeting demand for

Low prices better than promotions

Six out of 10 shoppers prefer every day low pricing (EDLP) to pure promotions, although they miss the excitement of buy-one-get-one-frees (bogofs) and similar offers, according to IGD’s new Shopper Insight Loyalty and Pricing report.

Sunny outlook

Nearly one quarter of the players in the petrol retailing sector have shown unprecedented confidence about their prospects for the coming year, according to a new survey by financial publishers, Plimsoll. And with sales set to increase an average one per cent and profit margins likely to remain low but steady at one per cent, Plimsoll senior analyst David Pattison believes the industry looks set for a rewarding year in 2004.

Does this sound familiar?

The flyer from Our Price offered ‘amazingly low priced, fast-selling chart DVDs’ along with a free counter display, window poster, delivery, 25 per cent profit margin on every DVD sold and a 100 per cent sale or return guarantee.

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One of the forecourt operators who contacted me about Deal Direct/Our Price was Bernard Knowles who runs Forge Garage in North Yorkshire.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 23 March 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands123.11133.47120.13
North East121.10133.70118.76
North West121.7164.40131.91118.92
Northern Ireland118.34126.40116.15
South East124.2564.90135.17121.48
South West122.8655.90131.66119.83
West Midlands122.86134.51120.07
Yorkshire & Humber122.1363.90133.53119.07

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