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UK forecourts: automation nation could lower fuel prices

UK forecourts currently carry the highest petrol prices in the world. Automated payment solutions may not reduce the price of fuel in the UK enough to be comparable with the US but significant savings could be made should they be introduced.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jul 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK forecourts: bioethanol arrives but greater commitment is needed

The UK's movement towards wider adoption and availability of bioethanol is continuing. However, despite recent developments, considerable progress remains to be made before it enters the mainstream: this will require committed support from the pantheon of auto industry companies and, above all, the UK government.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK forecourts: closures fuel concerns

A total of 600 petrol sites closed in 2005, according to estimates reported in the Independent newspaper, reviving concerns about the competitive pricing behavior of supermarket petrol retailers and forecourt availability. Although station numbers are low compared to fuel demand, a high geographical concentration of sites suggests scope for further closures.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK forecourts: increasingly attractive to convenience retailers

In the UK, petrol stations are becoming increasingly attractive to convenience retailers that wish to operate outlets in locations with a high customer throughput. Given the purported financial rewards of combining convenience and fuel retail, convenience retailers without the option of partnering with a fuel retailer may choose to open own-branded service stations at new convenience locations.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK forecourts: private fuel card still in the pipeline

Efforts to start an independent private fuel card have been hindered as it attempts to make an agreement with an oil company. Although the card now has more members than it reportedly needed to arrange a bulk discount, it is difficult for Pipeline to guarantee that members will use a single retailer for all their petrol purchasing and thus the sales needed to make the scheme viable.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK forecourts: retailers forge their own identities

UK grocery market leader Tesco recently received regulatory approval to roll out its Express format at the remaining 21 Safeway-BP fuel forecourts. Since the end of this partnership, BP has also grown its own forecourt concept, offering another competitive dynamic in a rapidly evolving and increasingly diverse arm of the retail sector.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK forecourts: services and Internet beat oil

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2001
Expert View
Expert View

UK forward gas market risks over-optimism on import capacity

While wholesale prices for next winter threaten to hit fresh record highs, the forward curve suggests that UK gas will become cheaper from 2007 as new gas imports bolster supply security. The current price outlook is, however, clouded by market illiquidity and uncertainties surrounding future LNG trading.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK frozen ready meals: smaller households choose the easy option

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK fuel duty: a false sense of security?

The reduction of fuel duty to curtail volatile oil prices is a strategy entirely dependent on the real upstream situation. If oil production continues to meet demand, controlling fuel duty is a way of smoothing out price spikes, but if not, cutting fuel tax creates a potentially disastrous false security.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2005

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