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October

Dealers unsure in wake of Q8 sale

The retail and distribution operation newly acquired from Kuwait Petroleum GB last month, is likely to be renamed Pace Petroleum Ltd. And an old face from the past, Brian Handley, the former boss of Fina’s retail operations prior to its merger with Total, is thought to be the new managing director.

Lifeline for Scottish retailers

All rural petrol stations in Scotland will be able to apply for funding from a scheme that supports the availability of fuel in rural Scotland.

Call to axe label laws

UKPIA has called on the government to withdraw legislation on labelling of petrol pumps because it refers to an out-of-date British Standard and offers inadequate protection for the motorist.

Villagers angry at site closure plans

Residents in a picturesque Leicestershire village are furious at Texaco, which is planning to close the oldest filling station in the county to make way for houses.

Don't be taken in

I read an article which concentrated on the recent volatile rise of the oil price. This commodity is in short supply and has a growing demand. We are told that problems in Russia/Nigeria Venezuela/Iraq or demand in China/India/USA are to blame, and each news item from any of these countries puts the price up. Such is the money to be made from the speculation on oil that many banks have set up specialist departments, and these same banks are even offering supplies to large users. The example was Morgan Stanley

Watch out for food trends says report

Forecourt retailers have to react quickly to new market trends and developments in shop product lines if they want to develop a contemporary shop offering to compete with traditional convenience stores, according to a new report by independent market analyst, Datamonitor.

News in brief

BP AND TEXACO charge the most for a litre of unleaded fuel in the UK, while Asda is the cheapest, according to the TNS Petrol Panel, which continuously tracks and analyses the UK forecourt market.Shell is the lowest priced major and its average retail price means it was cheaper than all supermarkets except Asda. The average gap between Asda and BP and Texaco was around 3ppl, and Sainsbury’s and Tesco saw the smallest movement in price levels with the smallest variance between their minimum and maximum price

Sunny outlook

Independent dealers are now ‘catching up’ with oil companies in terms of the quality of their store operations, according to the latest report from the Institute of Grocery Distribution – Convenience on the Forecourt 2004. The report shows that most forecourt sites now have some form of shop, with almost 90% of forecourt stores qualifying as ‘true’ c-stores – that is, according to grocery industry definition, a store of less than 3,000sq ft, which sells food and grocery, including at least half of a list of 15 specific grocery categories.

Fosseway service station, on the A429 Cirencester/Stow on the Wold road, Gloucester

GENERAL APPEARANCE: This joint-branded Londis Texaco site is located on the busy A429 and very near to the tourist ‘honey pots’ of Bourton-on-the-Water and The Slaughters. Judging from its geographical position this should be a gold mine and indeed it may well be, but it looks in urgent need of some TLC.

Forecourt wages rise over 5% in a year

Each september since 1998, PAYEpeople® (part of the EKW Group) have undertaken a major exercise to monitor and report the real level of wages paid on petrol retail sites across the UK. In a particular week of September we examined every hourly wage transaction that was processed from petrol retail operators using the PAYEpeople® service. This year that meant looking at 6,961 hourly-paid employees at 857 retail sites from one end of the country to the other.

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