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January

Top Indie Park Garage opts for exclusive battery supply deal
21 January, 2011

One of the UK’s biggest independent forecourt chains, Park Garage Group (PGG), has chosen Varta Consumer Batteries as its sole battery supplier as part of an exclusive contract. PGG will stock Varta’s High Energy range of alkaline batteries as well as a selection of specialist battery and promotional products at all of the 93 Park & Shop sites nationally.

Tesco tops survey as nation's favourite fuel retailer
21 January, 2011

Supermarket giant Tesco is the UK’s favourite fuel retailer according to a new survey of motorists conducted by independent market analyst, Datamonitor.

FWD slams missed opportunity on below-cost sales
20 January, 2011

The Government has missed an opportunity to impose a realistic ban on the sale of below-cost alcohol, as the definition of the cost of alcoholic drinks announced on Monday will do nothing to prevent the very cheap supermarket promotions that such a ban is intended to address, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD).

Shell concept lubricant achieves 6.5% fuel economy benefit
20 January, 2011

A collaboration between research teams at Shell and Gordon Murray Design (GMD) has led to the development of an innovative concept engine lubricant, which is said to be capable of achieving a 6.5% improvement in fuel efficiency,

Minister opens eco site in Northern Ireland
12 January, 2011

Minister of the Environment Edwin Poots officially opened the new eco-friendly Spar forecourt in Lagan Valley – the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.

Former Asda CEO joins Euro Garages
12 January, 2011

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages has appointed the former chairman and CEO of ASDA as executive chairman.

Media frenzy pressures government over fuel duty
12 January, 2011

Soaring fuel prices have hit the headlines this week, as the national press get behind the RMI Petrol's campaign to cancel the next fuel duty increase due on April 1. With prices rising to record levels on a daily basis, RMIP chairman Brian Madderson has this week written again to Chancellor George Osborne – following no response to his letters in November and December.

New year resolution
11 January, 2011

Happy New Year although what a start as increases in VAT and fuel tax conspire with rising crude prices to send fuel prices rocketing to new record averages almost on a daily basis.

'Perfect storm' triggering record fuel price rises
11 January, 2011

As fuel prices continue to soar following the new year's 1ppl fuel duty hike, 2.5% rise in VAT and rising oil prices, RMI Petrol's chairman Brian Madderson, continued to beat the drum of the independent petrol retailer with another high-profile TV interview on January 6.

Bio control
11 January, 2011

Biofuels are here to stay and they're giving some retailers one almighty headache. Contamination primarily caused by water in unleaded and bugs in diesel tanks and pipes has sparked spates of vehicles breaking down, leaving retailers to deal with the consequences.

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?