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October

Money Talk: Don't expect the OFT to solve all your problems
01 October, 2012

No doubt many of you will have been pleased by two recent pieces of news the Office of Fair Trading's announcement of another investigation into UK retail fuel pricing, and the Energy Minister's pledge to refer the workings of the international fuel price mechanisms to the Financial Services Authority.

Service Centre: Jac Roper covers a rave review; a rant about superstores; and yet another scam
01 October, 2012

A real five-star retailer review

Retailer profile: Hordle Garage
01 October, 2012

Attention quickly turns to the unlikely presence of a retro American ambulance parked next to the price pole sign on a visit to Hordle Garage near New Milton in Hampshire's New Forest.

Pricing law threat
01 October, 2012

The UK is not alone in suffering the effects of predatory pricing, where the biggest players in any market can use their huge financial muscle to decimate the livelihoods of the smaller ones and apparently get away with it.

Focus on Soft Drinks: Big brand support
01 October, 2012

Coca-Cola and Red Bull are usually found at the top of most forecourt stores' soft drinks sales lists. Coca-Cola has been around for years and has stayed one step ahead of its competition through big marketing campaigns such as 'Holidays are coming' and massive sponsorships such as that of the recent London 2012 Olympics. There have been brand extensions such as Diet Coke and Coke Zero and various flavours but it is the original Coca-Cola that remains king.

Focus on Confectionery: Sweet treats
01 October, 2012

Most forecourt retailers should probably leave the grocery superstores to battle over who sells the biggest tins of Quality Street, Roses and Celebrations at the lowest price, and instead focus on the self-eat novelties and impulse lines that they are so good at selling.

Science and sailing keep Ed Wheeler on top form
01 October, 2012

The past two months have definitely taken their toll on my body! I've just about recovered from last month's Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, and that was preceded by our inaugural customer week at Cowes Week in the Isle of Wight, followed by Automechanika in Frankfurt. All three events were fantastic but there is a physical price to pay.

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?