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February

Fear of battery failure will curb role of electric vehicles, says former Volvo boss
08 February, 2013

The former boss of Volvo doesn't think electric cars will be the future of the automotive industry - because fear is the key. Stefan Jacoby, who was chief executive officer of the Swedish car company until recently, said: "If the battery goes down on their cell phone people feel really bad. If it's your car in the middle of a traffic jam you will feel even worse.

PRA vows to fight over OFT decision
08 February, 2013

PRA chairman Brian Madderson has promised a "very robust response" and intense lobbying after an OFT investigation gave the road fuel market a clean bill of health (see News Extra, page 10).

Motor Fuel Group expands network with acquisition of 10 Shell outlets
08 February, 2013

Motor Fuel Group (MFG), which is number five in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies, has grown its network to 58 stations with the acquisition of 10 outlets from Shell.

48 IMO sites for sale
08 February, 2013

IMO Car Washes has put 48 of its sites up for sale through Manchester-based chartered surveyors Hindley Lawrence.

Best Forecourt Loo 2013
08 February, 2013

Never mind how slick your convenience offering is, do you know that toilets are the number one irritant to customers when it comes specifically to the forecourt shop, according to Palmer and Harvey/Him! research?

P&H provides analysis tool
08 February, 2013

Software to help forecourts understand their local customer base, and tailor the product range to their needs, is being made available to Palmer and Harvey customers.

Retailers battle deep snow to serve their local communities
08 February, 2013

Forecourts across the UK battled against heavy snow last month to ensure they could still serve their local communities.

in brief
08 February, 2013

Support for Jet dealers

Results of this month's online poll:
08 February, 2013

As supermarkets plan more forecourt openings, can a good independent forecourt convenience store compete with such sites?

HKS adds two more sites and signs BP deal
08 February, 2013

Top 50 Indie HKS Motors has completed the acquisition of two petrol stations, one on Alfreton Road in Derby and one on Saffron Lane in Leicester, backed by a £700,000 finance package from Santander Corporate & Commercial banking. The Leicester-based company now owns and operates 27 petrol stations, primarily across the Midlands.

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