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Major brands fuel growth

It has been a good 12 months for the dealer sector in the UK. All the fuel suppliers are fighting for dealer business with even the major brands seemingly happy to brand the small- to medium-size dealer sites they have largely ignored in the past. Oil companies have also been prepared to buy dealer sites with Harvest Energy acquiring HKS, Phillips 66 coming back into company owned with Nick Baker's five sites, and Certas Energy acquiring dealer sites for its Gulf Fuel Express network.

Change for the better

This year the top-level numbers would suggest that the forecourt sector has been fairly quiet over the past 12 months with the number of open sites being only three fewer than last year. However, you only need to scratch the surface to see that there have been a lot of changes culminating in February with the second largest dealer group, the Motor Fuel Group, buying the largest dealer group, MRH, for £1.2bn.

Essential roadside services

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has shown the essential contribution that the UK's petrol forecourts make to the economy, to working people and to communities.