Petrol stations’ losses due to card fraud fell by more than 10% last year according to new figures released by the Association of Payment and Clearing Services (APACS). However, the sector still lost £11.4m in 2006 and APACS warned that forecourts continue to be targeted by fraudsters.

Demand for biofuels is causing the price of bread to rise, according to the National Association of British and Irish Millers. Many farmers are now selling their crops into the lucrative energy market, causing overall grain prices to rise.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) holds it annual conference, Summit ’07, at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole on May 1. The theme will be ’Innovation’. Sir Digby Jones and Kriss Akabusi are among the guest speakers, along with leading industry figures including Spar managing director, Jerry Marwood.