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September

Retailers should fight late-night alcohol levy, says Botkai
13 September, 2013

Retailers should put up a fight when Licensing Authorities decide to put impose a late night levy on all premises that are licensed to sell alcohol between 12 midnight and 6am (or shorter period), Robert Botkai, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, has urged.

Motorcycle sales slump despite sunny summer
13 September, 2013

The slump in sales of new motorcycles in August is "extremely disappoiinting", says Sue Robinson, director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

Plug-in-vehicles fail to ignite market as sales plunge
13 September, 2013

The latest registration figures for plug-in vehicles have confirmed that the government's ultra-low emission incentive scheme is failing to ignite the market.

Murco and Costcutter extend partnership with new three-year deal
12 September, 2013

Murco Petroleum Ltd and Costcutter Supermarkets Group are to continue their partnership with a new three year contract to supply Murco’s 230 company-owned forecourts across the UK. This further extends the relationship between the two companies that began in 1996 and covers both the Murco full supermarket and smaller ‘Express’ store formats.

Convenience will outstrip superstore growth rate over next five years
12 September, 2013

The UK food and grocery market is set to be worth £206bn by 2018, with convenience, online and discounters being the fastest-growing parts of the market, according to the latest research from  IGD. If the forecast is accurate the market would grow by 21% from its current value of £170bn.

Top 50 indie Brobot in positive mood following good results
11 September, 2013

A strong focus on non-fuel sales has contributed to a healthy growth in profits for Top 50 indie, Brobot Petroleum Ltd (BPL), part of the Brobot Group Ltd (BGL). It reported an increase in pre-tax profits to £375,215 on sales up 2.9% to £113.9m for the year ending March 31, 2013, with indications of another good year to come.

Police appeal for witnesses following attempted forecourt robbery
11 September, 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a petrol station in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent at approximately 10.30pm last Friday.

People power saves Sherborne from Tesco
11 September, 2013

Top 50 Indie Symonds Retail is one of many retail establishments in Sherborne, Dorset, celebrating the town’s landmark campaign success since the announcement by Tesco MD, Chris Bush, earlier this month that Tesco has withdrawn its plans to replace a popular hotel with a 28,000 sq ft superstore.

Consultant claims forecourts are missing out on millions of pounds in unclaimed tax allowances
10 September, 2013

Garage and filling station businesses across the UK are among property owners losing out on millions of pounds in unclaimed capital allowances, according to a senior tax consultant at global information services company Wolters Kluwer.

Maxol unveils new-look motor oil range
10 September, 2013

Maxol Lubricants, part of the Maxol Group, has unveiled a new motor oil range for the retail market. The range has been designed to reflect the new look of the Maxol brand and introduces new labels and symbols help motorists choose the correct motor oil. Aids include a label for suitability for petrol or diesel engines, and a list of vehicles for which the oil is recommended.

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?