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Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

2020-05-12T00:00:00+01:00

Chaotic oil markets continued through April culminating in US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) managing the unthinkable, dipping briefly into negative territory. Oil producers announced output cuts but failed to rebalance the supply/demand equation sufficiently to stem the losses in the market initiated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

2020-05-12T00:00:00+01:00

As nations have been forced into lockdown due to Covid-19, we have seen the mightiest of governments, central banks and corporate titans laid low by a virus approximately 0.125 microns in diameter something so small as to be dwarfed by a red blood cell. While the virus is invisible, the ...

Merril Boulton: editor

2020-05-12T00:00:00+01:00

These strange and tragic times have sadly continued during a month that has seen oil prices fall to a negative position (see Argus Media column page 8) and the PRA’s chairman Brian Madderson face down "sickening" charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers (see News page 5).

Highs and lows of NPD

2020-04-07T00:00:00+01:00By

I love trying a new product so was particularly pleased with my latest haul although as with everything in life, some things were better than others.

Kevin Eastwood: executive director, BOSS

2020-04-07T00:00:00+01:00

We have found ourselves in unchartered territory and everyone involved in the forecourt sector has been reflecting on what the public health crisis has meant for ourselves, our families and our businesses.

Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

2020-04-07T00:00:00+01:00

A perfect storm hit oil prices in March. Just as global demand was being destroyed by the effects of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia ramped up production to unprecedented levels in a price war, alienating Opec allies and non-Opec rivals alike.

James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

2020-04-07T00:00:00+01:00

We are living in a time of uncertainty with the ongoing Covid-19 situation, which has affected each and every one of us.

Essential services

2020-04-07T00:00:00+01:00By Merril Boulton

Extraordinary times we’re living in, with the whole world adjusting to much-changed circumstances, and not much of a clue as to when things will return to anything that resembles ’normal’. For the forecourt sector it’s been a period of peaks and troughs as the panic-buying hordes loaded their cars with ...

Greggs on a ’roll’

2020-03-10T00:00:00+00:00By

I confess to not being a massive fan of Greggs products but obviously loads of people are, including Mr West who is very partial to a Greggs sausage roll or two. In the town where I live, there are always queues of people wanting a sausage roll or other Greggs ...

Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

2020-03-10T00:00:00+00:00

This year the CWA has already attended two round-table conferences on labour abuse, hosted by Matthew Taylor, the government’s interim director at the Office of Labour Market Enforcement (OLME).