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July

Merril Boulton: Welcome relief
03 July, 2012

So lobbying does work or government U-turns on tax are right on trend at the moment! But the fact there will no longer be a fuel duty tax rise in August is a great relief to the industry and motorists alike. Plaudits must go to everyone involved in the campaign to cancel the proposed rise, in particular Brian Madderson, chairman of RMI Petrol (which has now gone back to its old name of Petrol Retailers' Association, by popular demand).

Reprieve as fuel duty rise delayed
03 July, 2012

The RMI Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) has positively welcomed the government's decision to not go ahead with the 3ppl fuel duty increase in August.

FairFuel 'delight' at tax hike U-turn
03 July, 2012

FairFuel UK has described the government's decision to postpone the August 3ppl hike in fuel duty as "democracy at its best".

Coryton refinery gets a new lease of life
03 July, 2012

Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK have confirmed that they plan to develop and invest in a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal to be managed by Vopak at the former Coryton refinery site.

Bankers blamed as Nesscliffe fails
03 July, 2012

Independent retailer Mike Dransfield (pictured right with his son Mark) has blamed bankers and their "endemic bonus culture" for contributing to the collapse of his family-run business. Administrators from KPMG were appointed to Shropshire-based Nesscliffe Services on June 15.

in brief
03 July, 2012

RMIP name change

James Lowman
03 July, 2012

There are important regulatory challenges that forecourt retailers face that other convenience stores don't have to deal with.

Convenience stores show resilience
03 July, 2012

The convenience retail sector continues to demonstrate its resilience against the economic tide, according to Christie & Co's Business Outlook Summer 2012 publication, its first-ever interim report.

Bigger, better Blakemore
03 July, 2012

Forecourt-specific planograms and rolling weekly promotions were just some of Spar wholesaler Blakemore's sales-boosting plans revealed at its annual conference last month.

Wayne unveils new family of fuel dispensers with intelligent design
03 July, 2012

Fuel pump provider Wayne has launched the Wayne Helix fuel dispenser line, a global family of pumps that is said to place an emphasis on intelligent design, security and advanced technology. There are three models: the Wayne Helix 2000, 4000 and 5000.

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?