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May

News in brief
02 May, 2008

he confectionery market, valued at £4.7 billion, is back in growth for the first time in two years, according to the 2008 Mars Confectionery Report. The total market grew by 5.2% year-on-year in 2007, and now accounts for 72% of the £6.5 billion Sweet Snacks market.

Fuel prices - April 29, 2008
02 May, 2008

Results of this month's online poll:
02 May, 2008

Are you going to write to your MP about the CWCG's EDM?

Fumi-Gate
02 May, 2008

Since the announcement last month about a raft of new proposals affecting the display and packaging of tobacco products as part of the Government's Cancer Reform Strategy - particularly targeting teenage smokers - tobacco manufacturers and trade associations have been busy trying to rally

In the surgery this month - Symonds forecourts Bedminster, Bristol and Bruton, Somerset
02 May, 2008

Jeremy Symonds, former boss of the Smile c-store group, which was sold last year to Martin McColl, is back. He has started a business - Symonds Forecourts - and has six sites all with c-stores, three trading as Simply Fresh and three as Country Market.

Evolution
02 May, 2008

The current series of Database figures started with data from January 1996, although we had been regularly presenting statistics and accounting information in these pages for many years prior to that. Twelve years is a long time in any industry, let alone one that changes as frequently as petrol retailing, and we are reaching a point where this particular series is coming to a natural close.

Service Centre with Jac Roper
02 May, 2008

== Big Media, big bang ==

What a show!
02 May, 2008

The NEC was the place to be last month, when visitors flocked to the International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment (IFFE) Show. Event director Matthew Butler explains: "Visitor feedback has been excellent. Petrol retailers praised the exhibition for being the one place where they could catch up with important suppliers under one roof. There was specific praise for all the equipment on show; retailers found this really useful.

Boxing clever
02 May, 2008

Having a Tesco Express open just down the road from your site would have most independent retailers running for the hills.

Back of the net
02 May, 2008

Coca Cola Enterprises is giving away £1.5m-worth of prizes over the next few weeks, including trips to the finals of Euro 2008, JCV home entertainment systems worth up to £2,500 and European short break holidays.

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?