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Chance for change as new era in politics begins
24 May, 2010

A poll of retailers by the Association of Convenience Stores on the eve of last month's General Election showed that 54% of retailers had not at that stage made up their mind who to vote for twice as many as national opinion polls showed for the general population.

Osborne urged to act on rates
24 May, 2010

RMI Petrol has been quick off the mark in writing to George Osborne to call for his support in the campaign against the current Business Rates system. The

Cloudy times
24 May, 2010

Diarmuid O'Donovan has a friendly smile and some easy banter for everyone who walks into his smart O'Donovans forecourt store in leafy Carrigrohane, in the Republic of Ireland. As the owner of the busy County Cork site for the past 13 years, he knows many customers who pass through his doors and he'll go out of his way to get to know the ones he doesn't.

Soap stars
24 May, 2010

The past year has definitely been a challenging one for the car wash industry what with the recession and the continued competition from hand washing operations, but things are looking up. Kevin Pay, managing director at Wilcomatic, says: "January was very poor in terms of wash volumes due to the unprecedented cold weather which disrupted much of February too. Since then volumes have improved and many weeks have seen positive growth year-on-year, a trend we hope will continue with the ongoing volcanic ash deposits and dry weather."

Morning story
24 May, 2010

In its 'Eight tips to eating well' recommendations, the Food Standards Agency advises people not to skip breakfast. However, a recent survey conducted on behalf of yogurt brand Onken found that 64% of people sacrifice breakfast for extra time in bed or the chance to get to work earlier. The survey also revealed that it's men who miss breakfast the most, with 74% saying that lunch is their first meal of the day.

Price war kicks off at the pumps
24 May, 2010

Tesco has joined Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons in a price war at the pumps. Last month all four supermarket giants

End to 'war on motorists'
24 May, 2010

On his first day as Minister for Transport, Philip Hammond MP vowed to put a halt to Labour's 'war on the

Shailesh out but not (too) down
24 May, 2010

Forecourt retailer Shailesh Parekh came third in the General Election voting for the Hodge Hill constituency in

Agency probes crime link to hand car washes
24 May, 2010

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is investigating the hand car

Soaring fuel prices see 50% rise in drive-offs
24 May, 2010

Soaring prices at the pumps has triggered an alarming rise in drive-away thefts from forecourts in one East

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?