Latest Intelligence on Gas Stations and Forecourt Retailers

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Lukoil: downstream focus gathers pace

Leading Russian oil producer Lukoil has entered into talks with ConocoPhillips to acquire some 380 filling stations under the Jet brand. This move illustrates the fact that, while the US giant begins a huge divesture program to fund upstream investments, Lukoil is heading downstream with a vengeance.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2006
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Forecourts: France authorizes biofuel but more carrot needed

France has joined a number of other countries in approving the commercial sale of biofuels, with the French government stating that it hopes to see biofuel's share of total motor fuel consumption rise to 7% by 2010. However, legislation alone is not enough. Given the need to convince retailers to provide biofuels, and the attendant costs, the uptake of biofuels also needs to be consumer-driven.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2007
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Italian supermarkets may be allowed to sell petrol

In a bid to promote price competition in its fuel retail sector, the Italian government has proposed to make it easier for retailers to open petrol stations and to allow supermarkets to enter the market. Italy already has a high number of petrol stations and network expansion is undesirable. However, assuming only supermarkets exploit this legislative change, lower prices should be achieved.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2007
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Fuel retailing: Ireland still waiting for motorway services

The Irish National Roads Authority has stated that there will be no new motorway service stations in Ireland until 2009 at the earliest, partly because of lack of interest. However, this seems somewhat surprising as, if executed correctly, oil companies could profit from running motorway service stations in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2007
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Lukoil's expansion is aggressive but it still has a long way to go

Although Lukoil's has been expanding aggressively over the last 10 years, investing more than $3 billion in downstream assets, it remains a long way from holding a significant proportion of European service station sites.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2007
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Shell's unmanned Denmark strategy makes sense

Shell is to rename the 70 unmanned Metax petrol stations in Denmark Shell Express, committing itself to its automatic site format. This could prove a shrewd move as not only do unmanned sites significantly reduce the time it takes customers to fill their vehicle, but they provide an efficient alternative for over four in 10 of European motorists who visit petrol stations shops but only buy fuel.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2007
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'Tank tourism': holidays not over yet

The EU commissioner responsible for tax and customs-related issues is set to table a proposal to raise the minimum level of diesel tax imposed by member states, in a bid to cut down on 'tank tourism.' However, given the lukewarm reception that the proposal has received so far, and the fact that unanimity is required, the proposal is unlikely to be adopted.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2007
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Contaminated fuel: short term publicity blip

Grocers are at the center of the fuel fiasco, which has caused chaos for thousands of drivers after they filled their cars with contaminated fuel. This will not only prove costly in terms of repair bills but could prove damaging to the grocers' brands in the short term. However, the low prices and convenience of the grocer's forecourt will eventually draw customers back.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2007
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European service stations: competition ever fiercer

Fierce competition and squeezed margins are making significant changes to the structure of the European forecourt retailing market. These changes include increasing market consolidation, certain large oil companies exiting selected markets and a decrease in the overall number of service stations. Furthermore, these trends are set to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2007
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PKN Orlen/Lukoil: clash of the great eastern European fuel retailing titans

Polish oil giant PKN Orlen is beginning to flex its muscles on the eastern European service station market. Most recently, it has been reported that the company is seeking to purchase the Esso petrol network in the Czech Republic from ExxonMobil. However, PKN Orlen's plans are likely to clash with those of Lukoil, which has also been expanding aggressively in this region.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2007

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