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May

BP's margin cut 'immoral'
02 May, 2008

BP's dealer network has reacted angrily after the oil giant cut fuel margins - and announced record profits in the same week. BP contacted dealers on March 31 to say it was increasing its grade premia charges on fuel. It listed many factors for the rise, implemented on May 1, including rising prices for crude oil and utilities and the recent Grangemouth strike. It added:

BP in the dog house
02 May, 2008

It's been a long time since there was such a universal outpouring of venom among retailers about any oil company as there is currently against BP. Retailers nationwide are spitting feathers. And who can blame them? One minute they're scrolling through the usual morning emails, 101 things going on in their mind as usual as they face the constant challenges of maintaining a successful business. Then - wham! - out of the blue, comes the email from BP, their 'partner' in business, with news that will make a significant dent in their anorexic fuel margin, and knock many thousands of pounds from their bottom line. All this to take place within a month - and, just to rub salt into the wounds, it comes as BP announces record profits.

Never say never
02 May, 2008

'You only live twice' - so why not enter our awards this year, which culminate in a James Bond-themed evening (at the London Hilton on September 25) in recognition of the latest 007 film. And to ensure it's more than a 'Quantum of Solace', you need to make sure your entry is as good as it can be.

Road to recovery
02 May, 2008

The hot topic in the pumps sector this year looks set to be Stage II Vapour Recovery(VR) - and the deadline is approaching fast.

Full of fizz
02 May, 2008

Despite the rise in popularity of fruit drinks and smoothies, the UK soft drinks market is still dominated by cola which, according to the Britvic Soft Drinks report, recorded sales of £1.2bn in the take-home market last year, up 2% on 2006. And fruit carbonates, though in decline, were still worth £438m, which is nearly double the size of the smoothies market.

Group effort
02 May, 2008

In 2006 Justin Entwistle, managing director of Hambleton Service Station near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire joined Spar. Then he had a 1,000sq ft unbranded store turning over between £8,000 and £10,000 a week. Today he has a 2,600sq ft Spar store doing £23,000-£24,000 a week and he is confident of getting the turnover up to £30,000. Justin describes his store as modern; its state-of-the-art features include a walk-in chilled room for alcohol where the beers and wines are kept at below 10°C.

More truck protests looming
02 May, 2008

Truckers may be planning further action to follow the protest staged in London against the soaring price of diesel fuel. Lorry drivers travelled from as far as Cornwall and mid-Wales for last month's rally, which included a delegation handing a coffin in at the Houses of Parliament to symbolise the demise of the haulage industry. The protest, organised by Transaction 2007,

Innovation the key at ACS Summit '08
02 May, 2008

Community, environment and innovation were the three key themes at last month's Summit, the annual conference organised by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). Chaired by TV presenter John Stapleton, the Summit attracted its biggest audience ever with 400 delegates, including some of the industry's key players,

Big Media leaves big mess
02 May, 2008

Retailers face having to pay thousands of pounds for a system they cannot use after Big Media Group Ltd went into voluntary liquidation.

P&H adds value to its symbol offer
02 May, 2008

Palmer & Harvey, the UK's largest wholesale distributor, is relaunching its symbol offer with a greater range of benefits and incentives designed to add more value for both existing and potential new members. Revealing the news at the company's annual Pro-Retail Exhibition at the International

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?