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February

Judicial review sought by Imperial Tobacco subsidiary
10 February, 2010

Imperial Tobacco Group's subsidiary cigarette vending machine company, Wolverhampton-based Sinclair Collis, is seeking a judicial review of the relevant sections of the Health Act 2009, which

Strong sales forecast for motorcycles and scooters
10 February, 2010

The motorcycle and scooter market is riding high as new research from Mintel predicts that sales of new machines will rise strongly over the next five years.

Variable forecourt offer confuses shoppers
10 February, 2010

Shoppers have become confused over what to expect from forecourts and it’s likely to be costing the industry footfall and sales, according to Mike Greene, CEO at him! research & consulting.

Gulf forecourt raises funds for rescue teams
10 February, 2010

Hundreds of residents in the market town of Cockermouth had to be rescued from their homes during the floods that hit Cumbria during November 2009. Robin Benn, proprietor of the

ACS warns against weakened Ombudsman
05 February, 2010

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned of the risks of weakening the powers and independence of the proposed Grocery Ombudsman, and has urged ministers to implement

Shell reports steep drop in earnings
04 February, 2010

Royal Dutch Shell said today the sale of its Ellesmere Port refinery to Indian conglomerate Essar Energy was still under review after reporting a steep

BP sees profits surge in Q4
03 February, 2010

BP has reported a surge in profits for the fourth quarter of 2009. The oil giant said profits surged by 70% to $4.4 billion (£2.8 billion) in the last three months of the year, compared with a loss of $3.3 billion (£2 billion) for the same period in 2008. Meanwhile, for the full year, profits were down 45% at $14 billion (£8.7 billion). According to BP,

Getting down to business
01 February, 2010

There is real momentum gathering over the issue of the business rates revaluation, and credit must go to the new man giving the 'formerly-known-as-PRA' organisation a good kick in the rear. Brian Madderson is breathing life into the argument that the revaluation calculations are based on unrepresentative data ie from high-volume oil company-owned sites and supermarkets, not the average independent retailing operation, which sells less than 2.5mlpa, and turns over £8,000 a week in a 59sq m shop (according to data from Experian Catalist). Hardly comparable to the figures achieved by the supermarkets.He is spreading the word through lobbying MPs, the media and meetings with staff at the Valuation Office Agency.

MPs back rates issue
01 February, 2010

RMI Petrol has called on retailers to get their MPs to support its business rates challenge. Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol chairman, has been leading the charge against the methodology used by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in its recent revaluations after retailers

Best in show
01 February, 2010

There was one thing the rural and motorway entrants to the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2009 had in common very high standards. Yet again the sites that stood out showed that the retailers knew their market and were prepared to change, grow and do all they could to cater for this market.

Amid all the political turmoil, do you feel as prepared as you can be for EU exit on October 31, deal or no deal?