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July

Mixed market of the good and bad
01 July, 2003

The petrol retailing sector is revealed as a mixed market of winners and losers, but is certainly no worse than any other industry, according to a new report by Plimsoll Publishing Ltd.

South suffers worst card fraud on fuel
01 July, 2003

Petrol stations in London and the south east are victims of more than half of all UK fuel-related card fraud, according to a report by Arval PHH, the fleet and fuel management company, and operator of the AllStar fuel card.

Cut LPG tax break says IPPR
01 July, 2003

The Institue for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a report which argues that tax incentives should benefit biofuels instead of LPG.

Six Total sites in chip and pin trial
01 July, 2003

Total will this month become the first forecourt retailer to take part in the chip and pin trial, launched in May. In preparation for the trial, Total has made

Fuelforce re-signs Key Lekkerland
01 July, 2003

Fuelforce has reappointed Key Lekkerland to supply its 170-strong network of sites under the Jet brand.

Mercury joins the Torex Retail group
01 July, 2003

Torex Retail has acquired the entire share capital of Mercury Petroleum Systems Ltd, a leading supplier of wet stock management services to the retail petroleum industry. Its customers include Sainsbury’s, Statoil and Fuelforce.

New cars for Texaco shoppers
01 July, 2003

Texaco has rewarded three of its customers with a new Mistubishi Space Star worth £10,995 on the road in a competition to celebrate the launch of its Global Club WE.O.U loyalty card. The winners are among 1.5 million members of Texaco’s Global Club loyalty programme. But the WE.O.U scheme – launched in February – means customers can instantly receive rewards without the need to redeem points.

Stand by for Licensing Act
01 July, 2003

The new Licensing Bill is expected to be enacted this month – making it even tougher for forecourts to secure an alcohol licence.

Back to the future?
01 July, 2003

The big oil companies will be out of shop retailing by 2010. It sounds a ludicrous statement considering the money many of the majors have been throwing at developing convincing c-stores on their sites. But that’s what Harris International Marketing (HIM) predicts for seven years’ time.

Give us a break
01 July, 2003

You wouldn’t have wanted the mini break I’ve just had. Most of the self-catering shopping I did on a four-day break in Cornwall involved visiting various Safeways, which seemed to have the supermarket monopoly in most places. We were offered leaflets at every entrance – cheap petrol etc. This didn’t work for us, you’ll be pleased to hear, as we weren’t spending much, but the man in front of us in one queue spent £140. The checkout lady said that spending another tenner would get him half-price petrol. “I’ve got a full tank,” he said. “It’s valid for seven days,” she said. So he went running off to pick up two more bottles of wine. As he settled the bill he told her he’d probably have to do more driving than he’d planned in the next week to take full advantage. I’m not sure where false economy leaves off and perceived value starts, but I know who’s losi

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?