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November

Power lines
01 November, 2010

Up to 40% of annual battery sales are made in the lead up to Christmas. For maximum sales, Tim Clark, sales manager UK and Ireland for Panasonic Energy, recommends that forecourt retailers prompt their customers to see if they need any extra batteries.

Rolling on
01 November, 2010

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco sales topped £1bn in the 12 months ending July 2010, according to AC Nielsen's Market Track report, which is an increase of over 19% compared to the previous year.

Jet secures seven more forecourts
01 November, 2010

Jet has signed up seven more dealers this autumn, bringing its total number of additional signings this year to more than 50.

Car Wash Association sets target on hand car washers
01 November, 2010

The Car Wash Association (CWA) is urging officials to act to improve car washing standards with the launch of a national campaign to raise awareness of the major problems affecting the industry.

88% drive-off debt recovery
01 November, 2010

Fuel retailers represented by BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, are recovering 88% of money owed to them for fuel following 'no means to pay incidents' at service stations, since partnering with leading debt collection agency Daniels Silverman.

Gulf launches premium fuel
01 November, 2010

Gulf has announced the launch of Endurance, its new premium grade fuel brand, which is now available to all dealers nationwide. The company claims the new product offers Gulf retailers an additional revenue stream while reflecting Gulf's long-term association with motorsport and, in particular, classic world endurance events such as the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Lack of bank lending hits forecourt sales
01 November, 2010

One of the key factors within the forecourt property sector in 2010 has been the continued lack of available bank funding, according to Calum Campbell, partner Petroleum & Roadside Services at chartered surveyor Graham & Sibbald.

Xmo Strata now focusing on dealer groups
01 November, 2010

Forecourt sign installation and maintenance contractor Xmo Strata has confirmed its recent restructuring was prompted by a decision to focus on dealer groups. Following an announcement in June that it was beefing up senior management, staff were instructed to work more closely with dealers.

Brobot's Bunny is a great success
01 November, 2010

Top 50 Indie Brobot Petroleum has relaunched the first of its stores to undergo a full redevelopment since partnering with Londis last June. The newly-developed site in Bunny, Nottinghamshire, is one of 22 in the Midlands owned by Brobot, all supplied by Londis.

Media screen first for UK
01 November, 2010

A new Budgens forecourt has opened in Yeovil this week and will be the first in the UK to offer a media screen system at its petrol pumps.

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?