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April

Site data reveals radical change
01 April, 2005

Up to 458 forecourts closed last year but the site numbers highlight an underlying change in structure of the petrol retailing market in the UK, according to latest figures from Catalist.

PRA welcome for the ‘velvet’ Budget
01 April, 2005

Fuel prices are likely to remain volatile during the spring, so the Chancellor Gordon Brown’s decision to freeze fuel duty levels until September is a wise one – especially with a general election on the horizon – according to Ray Holloway, director of the Petrol Retailer’s Association, commenting on last month’s Budget.

Sky TV will pay for CCTV crime clips
01 April, 2005

Crime could finally pay for forecourt traders thanks to a new, forthcoming Sky One documentary.

Blue Book published
01 April, 2005

The new edition of the ‘Blue Book’ – for the design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations, is now available.

Small shops under threat, say reports
01 April, 2005

The future viability of small forecourt stores is being threatened by the Office of Fair Trading’s blinkered view of the grocery market, according to new reports by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Star’s car used in raid
01 April, 2005

A football star’s car was stolen and used in at least two late-night forecourt raids in the Glasgow area before being dumped.

Health concerns fuel chilled meal growth
01 April, 2005

Forecourts should take advantage of the growing consumption of chilled ready meals, which now account for more than 50% of the average Briton’s spend on prepared meals, according to a new report by Datamonitor.

Hot stuff
01 April, 2005

The high cost to retailers of wet stock losses was revealed in a lively discussion during one of the Working Lunch sessions at last month’s International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Exhibition.

Somerfield Essentials/Texaco, Sheaf Motors, Coal Aston, Derby
01 April, 2005

Following the news that Somerfield had purchased 140 sites from Texaco I thought I would visit an existing Somerfield/Texaco site to refresh my knowledge of their offer. Located in the village of Coal Aston on the B6056 and just off the A61 between Sheffield and Chesterfield is a Somerfield Essentials (recently opened) franchise on a Texaco dealer site. Coal Aston is a typical Derbyshire village; no shops – apart from the garage – and a large garden centre.

Budget 2005
01 April, 2005

It shouldn’t have been a complete surprise, with a general election expected in a few weeks, that Gordon Brown’s March 16 Budget was apparently one of the shortest and quietest in living memory. It was a budget of ‘fine-tuning’ rather than any major headlines, at least as far as retailing is concerned.

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?