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April

Murco's IT network means much greater efficiency
03 April, 2009

Murco is moving 62 more of its forecourts over to its state-of-the-art core network to help increase management efficiency. The 62 join 168

in brief
03 April, 2009

== Waitrose opens sites ==

Highly rated
03 April, 2009

Retailers have been given a last-minute reprieve over business rates, but have been warned that they will bear the brunt of further hikes that are due to be imposed in April 2010.

Results of this month's online poll:
03 April, 2009

Do you think petrol retailing is one of the more resilient businesses to be in during a recession?

Fuel prices – April 1, 2009
06 April, 2009
In the surgery this month - AW & D Hammond, Halesworth, Suffolk
03 April, 2009

GENERAL APPEARANCE: On the A144 to Norwich is one of the Hammond Group's forecourts. The large Jet Aim Hi prize-winning site has a Ford dealership, plus used cars and servicing/repairs facilities.

Taxing times
03 April, 2009

== The VAT-man is back on the road - this time with new powers ==

Help and advice from Jac Roper
03 April, 2009

== You'll soon have to pay to stock top-ups! ==

Silver service
03 April, 2009

The coming year will mark a special point in the life of family-run independent HKS Retail. June 2 will mark its 25th year in business, and it has much to celebrate as it reflects on its successful journey in the petrol-retailing sector.

Texaco's rising star
03 April, 2009

It's being touted as the most exciting project for the Texaco brand in 10 years, and is long overdue. A brand refresh, under the title Project Shining Star, is to be piloted later this year ready to begin the rollout at the start of 2010. For everyone involved with the brand it will bring a welcome lift to a tired image. "We recognise the Texaco brand in the UK has been under-invested in for years and we're going to fix that through Project Shining Star," says Rhonda Morris, Chevron's general manager, marketing Europe. "The main purpose of the project is to re-establish Texaco as a premium UK brand."

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?