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Our 'Legal Doctor' Robert Botkai reports on the 'new normal'
12 May, 2020

For those who don't already know me, I am a partner at Winckworth Sherwood solicitors. I head up the Commercial Real Estate and Licensing Team. My own practice areas are acquisitions and disposals of commercial premises and alcohol licensing. I have a special interest in petrol stations having secured one of the first alcohol licences for a petrol station in 1994.

Tracy West: retail commentator
12 May, 2020

New Kantar data shows that grocery sales were £524m higher in April 2020 than they were in April 2019, as British consumers adapted to life under lockdown. But the number of trips to supermarkets during that time hit a record low of 14 (compared to 17 when it's business as usual), with the drop in frequency offset by average basket sizes which hit their highest levels ever.

Ray Blake: PRA technical director
12 May, 2020

The Petrol Retailers Association and Car Wash Association teams are now ensconced in their own homes but continuing to represent and advise their members. Members can now access the 'Coronavirus' section on our website, which is continuously updated to reflect the latest advice on the operation of all aspects of their businesses.

Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media
12 May, 2020

Chaotic oil markets continued through April culminating in US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) managing the unthinkable, dipping briefly into negative territory. Oil producers announced output cuts but failed to rebalance the supply/demand equation sufficiently to stem the losses in the market initiated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA
12 May, 2020

As nations have been forced into lockdown due to Covid-19, we have seen the mightiest of governments, central banks and corporate titans laid low by a virus approximately 0.125 microns in diameter something so small as to be dwarfed by a red blood cell. While the virus is invisible, the impact is not.

Merril Boulton: editor
12 May, 2020

These strange and tragic times have sadly continued during a month that has seen oil prices fall to a negative position (see Argus Media column page 8) and the PRA's chairman Brian Madderson face down "sickening" charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers (see News page 5).

Highs and lows of NPD
07 April, 2020

I love trying a new product so was particularly pleased with my latest haul although as with everything in life, some things were better than others.

Kevin Eastwood: executive director, BOSS
07 April, 2020

We have found ourselves in unchartered territory and everyone involved in the forecourt sector has been reflecting on what the public health crisis has meant for ourselves, our families and our businesses.

Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media
07 April, 2020

A perfect storm hit oil prices in March. Just as global demand was being destroyed by the effects of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia ramped up production to unprecedented levels in a price war, alienating Opec allies and non-Opec rivals alike.

James Lowman: chief executive, ACS
07 April, 2020

We are living in a time of uncertainty with the ongoing Covid-19 situation, which has affected each and every one of us.

Have you introduced a new way of doing business/added new services during the pandemic, that you will continue to offer in the future?