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Fuel Market Review: Optimistic outlook
04 June, 2013

It's been another interesting year, but thankfully there has been some stability in the market. Those of you who were at the Top Indies Dinner in March and at Forecourt Live! at the NEC in April will have seen evidence that things are looking quite good for the independent forecourt sector in 2013.

Risky business?
04 June, 2013

The risks involved in selling illicit cigarettes have risen substantially as, for the first time ever in the UK, a retailer has been found guilty of intentionally selling dangerous cigarettes. Until now, any UK retailer caught selling "cheap whites" has been prosecuted for tax evasion, but Shapoor Atiqi from Boston Food and Wine Centre in Lincolnshire, has been found guilty of eight offences, including the sale of non self-extinguishing cigarettes. He was sentenced to 270 hours of community work and fined more than £5,000.

Sweet truth
04 June, 2013

According to research company Mintel, the "vibrant pack designs and lively marketing messages that characterise sugar confectionery" are in contrast to the market's sales performance. It seems all is not rosy. While price rises because of more expensive ingredients have pushed up total value sales, volume sales have fallen due to worries about healthy diets and competition from rival treats. As for those value sales, Nielsen figures show the total sugar confectionery market to be worth £1.1bn, with growth of 3.6% (MAT March 9, 2013). However, it would appear that sugar lines lack sweetness for some forecourt stores.

Day in the Life: Jason Tamplin
04 June, 2013

My alarm goes off at 6.10am but I'm not a great morning person so I will have another sneaky 10 minutes in bed.

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?