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May

BP trials 'high-spec' Ultimate on six sites
02 May, 2006

An ultra-premium fuel aimed at private motorsports enthusiasts has been launched on selected BP sites. Ultimate 102 costs around £2.42 a litre and is said to be the highest octane fuel available on UK forecourts.

'Drive-offs' status clarified
02 May, 2006

The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) has won its ten-month campaign to change unpopular Home Office counting rules on drive-offs.

Texaco trials new group loyalty card
02 May, 2006

Texaco is trialling a new group loyalty card at 150 sites. The We.O.U card allows holders to pool their points (Texaco stars) to benefit local schools.

Gun attack men blasted as 'scum'
02 May, 2006

A petrol station owner has branded masked men who stuck a gun in the back of his cashier in a terrifying raid as "scum."

Off licence key to Penhallow success
02 May, 2006

A switch to Spar, a refurbishment and the introduction of an off licence have led to a 20% increase in shop trade for a forecourt business in Newquay.

In brief
02 May, 2006

Compass is selling its Moto service stations and Upper Crust food chain for £1.8bn. Moto is going to a consortium led by Australia's Macquarie Bank while Compass' fast food brands, including Upper Crust and Caffé Ritazza, are going to a private equity group in Sweden.

Pound of flesh
02 May, 2006

As BP's Lord Browne warns motorists that filling up with petrol may soon cost £1-a-litre, diesel prices on some sites have already burst through the £1 barrier, leaving retailers to ponder the impact such prices may have on their businesses.

Shop Doctor: Bonjour/Total site at Watling Street, Towcester
02 May, 2006

On an extremely busy roundabout where the Daventry/Milton Keynes A5 crosses the Oxford/Northampton A34 - on the Watling Street, Towcester side is a large Total/Bonjour site.

Here we go again
02 May, 2006

Coming back to Britain from Spain after Easter and finding the pump price of unleaded had crept up to more than 95p a litre (with diesel already being advertised at 99.9p on some main road sites) was something of a shock - especially since the Spanish pump price for unleaded worked out at no more than 74p a litre at current exchange rates. With the experts telling us that we "ain't seen nothing yet" as far as this year's oil price is concerned, it's looking pretty likely that the £1 litre of unleaded may be here in a matter of weeks. Even if the US decides not to nuke Iran in the near future, the oil price seems set to stay high during the summer - and that's before we start getting into hurricane season in Texas and the Mexican Gulf, when another repeat of last year's events could send the price soaring to levels that don't bear thinking about. Quite apart from the larger 'economic' effect of fuel prices draining spending power from other sales, which our Database figures suggest is already happening, the cost of fuel may have more 'local' implications for petrol retailers this summer.

Service Centre with Jac Roper
02 May, 2006

How many people are so absent-minded that they 'forget' to pay for their petrol? In at least 99 out of 100 cases they are just plain stealing if they drive off your premises without at least a discussion about 'forgotten cards'. It's a very sore point with a man called Tom who runs seven service stations in Suffolk and, it goes without saying, suffers from a lot of drive-offs. Tom has asked me not to use his full name.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?