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Rosneft looking to Italy for expansion

Russian oil firm Rosneft has stated its aim to start selling fuel in Italy. The Mediterranean country represents a decent prospect for Rosneft as the lack of price competition would provide it with an opportunity to undercut its rivals. Moreover, Rosneft's refining capacity in the Black Sea means that it would not be dependent on market incumbents for supplies.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2008
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Rompetrol launches brand new name in French fuel retailing

Rompetrol has announced that it is to apply the Rompetrol brand to a French highway service station and plans to use it as a test case before further rollout of the name. This step is certainly prudent but, ultimately, the price of the fuel and the location of the chosen sites will be the core drivers of its retail success, with the brand having minimal bearing on motorists' decision to visit.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Romanian fuel retail: Lukoil in pole position despite MOL's ambitions

As fuel retailing competition intensifies in central and eastern Europe (CEE), the Hungarian oil major MOL is targeting volume growth in the largest Balkan market. While bolstering its Romanian petrol station network and refinery capacity is a sensible strategy, MOL faces stiff competition from OMV and Lukoil in this key market.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Romania: fruitful market for motorway service stations

OMV, Rompetrol and Petrom are to build 10 new service stations on the Sun Motorway in Romania. Although these additional sites alone will see the total number of motorway sites more than double, the vast motorway construction project that is currently underway could see a further 87 stations added between now and 2016.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2008
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Rix launches new 'GoGreen' biodiesel fuel card

UK fuel retailer Rix has launched a new fuel card which not only encourages commercial vehicle fleet motorists to purchase biofuels, but also offsets any of their conventional diesel purchases by placing more biodiesel blends onto the market. This innovative green commercial product is a sensible way for Rix to exploit a competitive differentiator before the UK fuels obligation deadline in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Rewe: renewed focus on convenience

There have been several recent developments at the convenience arm of German retail group Rewe. The company plans to reposition its neighborhood chain Nahkauf through a new and improved concept and store design. Meanwhile, in Austria, Rewe will expand its chain of Billa stop & shop convenience stores into every Jet petrol station in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2009
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Record liquefied natural gas production, but downstream activities are being neglected

LNG production and exploration has increased significantly since 2010, with the top five global fuel retailers making it a major part of their future strategies. These companies have focused on upstream production of LNG, but are neglecting the retail distribution infrastructure and the relative lack of vehicle manufacturers that make natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2013
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Q8: plans to attract female customers should boost business overall

In order to draw more female customers to its Q8 petrol stations in Denmark, Kuwait Petroleum is investing in cleaner stations and healthier food options for its shops. The move to improve service stations is a logical one. Indeed, as well as making the fuel outlets more appealing to women, the measures being taken are likely to please all customers.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Premium fuels: struggling in an era of high fuel prices

An investigation undertaken by Which? Car has led the magazine to claim that premium fuels are not worth the extra money. The article is certainly negative for premium fuels, although the poor current economic climate is likely to have a much more severe impact on sales.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Premium fuels: debate over product value is too narrow

Total and BP have disputed claims made by Which Car? motoring magazine that premium fuels do not offer better fuel efficiency than standard fuels. However, although fuel efficiency is an important aspect of a premium fuel offering, motorists buy premium fuels for a wide range of reasons and the debate over the products' value should take these factors into account.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Oct 2007

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