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March

Major fuel furore rocks the industry
01 March, 2007

The national furore over contaminated fuel last month could become the worst debacle over fuel quality since Formula Shell was removed from sale in the '80s, according to the PRA's technical consultant, Peter Barlow.

Viva la siesta
01 March, 2007

Taking a daily mid-afternoon nap is not what you might think of as normal behaviour for a Top 50 independent with six flourishing forecourts to run. But Clive Gardner manages it - and believes it is good for business.

Major challenge
01 March, 2007

As Gulf Retail puts the finishing touches to its preparations for its appearance at the International Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show, managing director Keith Jewers, reflects on a very successful year for the brand.

Get fresh
01 March, 2007

Chilled and fresh foods have been pushed to the top of the shopping list as consumers increasingly look for healthier options. And many forecourt-based stores have been improving their ranges as operators seek to take their share of what has become a very profitable market.

Title fight
01 March, 2007

You might think that with all the newspapers having TV pages and most TVs themselves having Teletext there'd be no market for TV listings magazines. But you'd be wrong because once again, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) figures, What's on TV is the best-selling magazine in the UK. And not too far behind it is TV Choice, with the Radio Times still going strong in the fourth position. However, according to analysis by MediaTel for the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA), What's on TV's circulation fell by 4.3% in the July to December 06 period, when compared to the previous year. Radio Times was down too, by just over 1% while TV Choice had a much better six months, with circulation up nearly 12%.

Celebrating convenience
01 March, 2007

Running alongside IFFE 2007, the Convenience Retailing Show will feature more than 200 big-name companies showcasing their latest innovations for the c-store sector.

Malthurst tops the indie chart again
01 March, 2007

Graham Peacock, managing director of the Malthurst Group, once again heads the list of the Top 50 Indies, a rundown of the biggest independent groups, published as a supplement within this issue, and summarised in the box below.

Hand car washes in need of regulation
01 March, 2007

Car wash operator David Charman has urged the Environment Agency (EA) to clamp down on unregulated hand car washes.

Smoking ban drives sales
01 March, 2007

Forecourts saw their share of total tobacco sales increase by 4% following the introduction of Ireland's public smoking ban, according to figures released by Imperial Tobacco.

Inchcape chooses UK Retail over BP
01 March, 2007

CPL Petroleum has done a deal with Inchcape to supply its 4mlpa site in Wokingham with the UK Retail brand.

As the Government is urged to publish its plans for E10 by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, would you welcome the introduction of E10 as the right next step in cutting automotive carbon emissions?