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April

Fuel prices - March 26, 2007

Fiasco fuels alarm

Last month's furore over contaminated fuel brought some unexpected good fortune to many independent retailers, with increases in fuel volumes of as much as 40% or more being reported by some sites.

Independence Days

Promoting retail excellence is the theme of this year's Pro-Retail show, with the organisers keen for retailers to adopt best-practice techniques to promote a professional business approach and drive profitability.

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Harvest in push for silicon standard

Harvest Energy, the independent blender and fuel wholesaler at the centre of last month's contaminated fuel furore, is putting steps in place to ensure more rigorous fuel testing procedures, as it seeks to restore confidence in the brand.

in brief

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.

Indies resurgent, Lynn tells guests

The independent sector is alive, well and doing rather nicely, some would even say resurgent, John Lynn,

PetroForum in Algarve

A specialist event for multi-site independent dealers will be held in the Algarve in June. PetroForum UK Independents, run by Downstream Events, will take place from June 25-27.

Top Indies group is sold for £15m

Family-owned dealer group Philip Wilks & Sons has been sold for £15m.

Unexpected surge

So - many independents enjoyed an unexpected surge in business last month, thanks to some problems with fuel which was headed predominantly in the direction of supermarket fuel storage tanks in the south east.

Forecourt Watch to get much more bite

The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) is launching an enhanced Forecourt Watch scheme, which aims to save petrol retailers in Hertfordshire £300,000 a year by cutting the number of drive-offs and 'no means of payment' offences.

As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?