Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community

Passable petrol profits - just nostalgia?

Don’t look back they say. Those who do are often accused of viewing the good ol’ days through rose-tinted specs. But as Chris Cundall points out, he was operating on better profits 10 years ago.

Sometimes you get what you wish for

I had rather wished that DVD supplier Deal Direct would just go away. Sylvia Brudenall, who runs a Murco service station at Taunton, agrees. “I got a load of unwanted stuff last October from Price Slasher (another of the company’s incarnations). I kept asking them to pick the DVDs up and they said – ‘you send them back and we’ll repay the postage’.

Look on the bright side

Despite the continuing drip-drip news of site closures that continues to make headlines, and the ever-present concerns of mainstream retailers in regard to the seemingly suicidal antics of the hypermarkets, there is some comfort in the Database figures.

Full throttle

Something of a whirlwind has been making its way through BP’s retail operation for the past nine months, and not much has been left unaffected by the prevailing winds.

Ring leaders

The mobile phones market is undergoing something of a revolution. Recent years have seen the emergence of wireless internet access and picture messaging, and now video messaging and the advent of 3G promise to keep people connected everywhere at all times. This spells great news for retailers because the more consumers use their phones – and these new services don’t come cheap – the more airtime they need.

Liquid living

According to Britvic’s Soft Drinks Category Report 2002, forecourts have maintained value and volume in the soft drinks sector and reversed a significant decline that has been seen over previous years. “Soft drinks were worth £227m to forecourts last year,” says Sue Garfitt, director of category planning at Britvic. “Forecourts are at the heartland of convenience grocery, offering a fill-up when doing the weekly shop or a top-up shop when petrol is needed.”

Sterling machine

While a cash machine is fast becoming an expected facility on the forecourt, many motorists remain oblivious to the availability of the service at petrol stations.

Canine cleaning costs fall

Dog Wash Sales has introduced a lower-cost dog washing machine, following the launch of the first dog wash in the UK in early 2003.

Clever counter claim

Trimco has launched a new serve-over patisserie counter. The Azurem

Space exploration

Spar has appointed Cheshire-based retail solutions provider Galleria to help improve space management planning for its retailers.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 14 October 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands131.62139.76127.57
North East131.03141.66126.72
North West131.3657.70141.67127.65
Northern Ireland129.55131.90125.63
South East132.5757.90140.14128.33
South West131.8867.90138.74127.41
West Midlands131.33140.68127.66
Yorkshire & Humber131.0784.90140.64127.33

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