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July

Shell seeks buyers for Irish business

Shell is planning to pull out of Ireland, lock, stock and barrel. The news follows Esso’s announcement last month that it is withdrawing from Northern Ireland.

Fuelforce 2 would see Kestrel take off

Investment in new shop formats and branding will be the first priority if Rikki Hunt goes ahead with his plans for Fuelforce 2.

Last orders for alcohol licences

Retailers are being urged to get their new licensing applications “filled in and sent off immediately”.

Uncork the potential

Three out of 10 shoppers in licensed forecourts are unaware that they can buy alcohol in the store, says a new report by Interbrew.

Half-litre prices will “floor” drivers

Retailers would be “incredibly stupid” to display prices for half a litre if diesel reaches £1 a litre, says the AA Motoring Trust.

ACS fuels review

The Association of Convenience Stores is using hypermarket fuel pricing as evidence of below cost selling as part of its wider evidence to the Office of Fair Trading calling for a review of the grocery market.

New boss for BOSS

BOSS has appointed Peter Mellins, security manager for Total since 1997, as its new chairman.

Mike vows to buck the small site trend

Independent dealer Mike Dransfield of Nesscliffe Services is to invest £1.6m building a new state-of-the art service station on the very bypass that looked set to blight his business when it was built more than two years ago.

Somerfield works on helping the disabled

Somerfield is looking to make its forecourt stores more accessible for disabled people by trialling ServiceCall, a system that enables disabled customers to request service from within their vehicle.

Breaking the chain

Independent retailers could be discriminated against by newspaper and magazine wholesalers if the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) proposals for magazine distribution become law, according to the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN).

As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?