Top 10 Indie MPK Garages has warned that government plans to ban the display of cigarettes in shops could lead to closures.


The Midlands chain, which operates 42 sites, claimed that up to nearly half of sales could be lost. Director Paul Kershaw said that without selling other products, along with fuel, it could not only signal the death-knell for many forecourts, but could push the price of fuel up even further.


Surveys have suggested that tobacco accounts for 40% of non-petrol sales at forecourts.