Italian oil major ENI Agip has extended its presence in Austria with the purchase of 171 Esso branded service stations, doubling its market share in the country. The deal represents a further shake up of the Austrian fuel retail market, following German discounter Aldi's announcement that it is to expand its network of service stations selling cut-price fuel to 100 sites.
Hungary-based MOL's long-held ambition of acquiring Croatian firm INA is one step closer to reality now that it has become the largest shareholder in the company, after purchasing many of the shares issued in a free float. Further talks are underway regarding MOL's desire to purchase some or all of Croatian government's remaining share, while Austria's OMV is keeping an unexpectedly low profile.
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