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January

Prices galore as website goes live
01 January, 2004

A new website, is being launched this month which could radically change the way independent fuel retailers do business, according to Darren Briggs, managing director of a recently formed company based in Wales, called Big Oil Associates.

Rugby's last indie closes
01 January, 2004

A Midlands town has lost what is believed to be its last independent petrol

Surprise at level prices
01 January, 2004

The prices of unleaded fuel and diesel are in a period of almost unprecedented stability, according to the latest Allstar Fuel report from fleet and fuel management company Arval PHH. It has found that since mid-August the prices of both diesel and unleaded have varied by less than a penny per litre from week to week – 77.50-78ppl for diesel and 76-77 ppl for unleaded.

New show shares the stage with CRS
01 January, 2004

The importance of convenience retailing for today’s forecourt operators is acknowledged this March with the launch of the Forecourt Retailing Show, NEC, Birmingham, March 14-17. Part of the Convenience Retailing Show 2004, the event is the initiative of Forecourt Trader and Convenience Store publisher, William Reed Business Media Ltd, which also organises the biennial International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Exhibition.

Stansted airport shake up
01 January, 2004

The planned second runway at Stansted Airport in Essex will bring more road traffic to the area, but other aspects of the airport’s expansion have brought mixed fortunes to forecourts on the A120 and the A10 access roads.

LRP supply not in crisis
01 January, 2004

Fuel distributor, Bayford & Co, has vowed to continue meeting demand for

Low prices better than promotions
01 January, 2004

Six out of 10 shoppers prefer every day low pricing (EDLP) to pure promotions, although they miss the excitement of buy-one-get-one-frees (bogofs) and similar offers, according to IGD’s new Shopper Insight Loyalty and Pricing report.

Sunny outlook
01 January, 2004

Nearly one quarter of the players in the petrol retailing sector have shown unprecedented confidence about their prospects for the coming year, according to a new survey by financial publishers, Plimsoll. And with sales set to increase an average one per cent and profit margins likely to remain low but steady at one per cent, Plimsoll senior analyst David Pattison believes the industry looks set for a rewarding year in 2004.

Does this sound familiar?
01 January, 2004

The flyer from Our Price offered ‘amazingly low priced, fast-selling chart DVDs’ along with a free counter display, window poster, delivery, 25 per cent profit margin on every DVD sold and a 100 per cent sale or return guarantee.

Sue online
01 January, 2004

One of the forecourt operators who contacted me about Deal Direct/Our Price was Bernard Knowles who runs Forge Garage in North Yorkshire.

As the Government is urged to publish its plans for E10 by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, would you welcome the introduction of E10 as the right next step in cutting automotive carbon emissions?