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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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CommentWire

Aldi: discounter looks set to challenge major players with new European fuel retailing venture

Aldi has entered the fuel retailing market by opening three service stations in the Austrian town of Salzburg, offering heavily discounted fuel. With such a strong brand image and efficient business model, Aldi is likely to extend its petrol retailing presence across Austria and Europe, and may soon pose a challenge to the more established industry players.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2009
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Alpha Airports: takeover heralds further consolidation

Alpha Airports has approved a GBP193.6 million takeover by Italy's Autogrill. Autogrill's proposed purchase of Alpha Airports follows a week of activity, which has seen fast-food operator Autogrill building up its stake in the UK-based airline services firm. The move will provide Alpha with necessary scale on a global level to compete in the fast-growing and consolidating airport services market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2007
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CommentWire

Alternative fuels: biodiesel eclipses autogas

Statoil's recently announced that all diesel sold at its Swedish fuel stations will be blended with 5% rapeseed-based biodiesel. Statoil's move is a further indication that biodiesel is becoming the mainstream alternative fuel of choice in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

Alternative fuels: CNG is emerging as a serious contender

Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) cars have increased significantly over the last two years in Germany, and indeed in Europe as a whole. As CNG vehicles can be refueled at home, they offer added practicality, and this, added to the growing backlash against biofuels, gives CNG the potential to become a significant player in the alternative fuels market over the next few years.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2007
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Are UK consumers fully convinced by forecourt shops?

Given the rising top-up shopping trend, the UK's convenience retail industry is expanding rapidly. However, fuel retailers have not been able to fully exploit the opportunity, and their efforts thus far have been inadequate in changing consumers' unfavorable perceptions of forecourt shops.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
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CommentWire

Autogrill and Elior: driving into Germany

Italian retailer Autogrill and French-owned Elior have both announced new tenancy arrangements with the German motorway services provider Tank & Rast. Given that Tank & Rast holds 90% of all German motorway concessions, the partnership will strengthen Autogrill's and Elior's expansion potential in Europe's largest motorway services market.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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CommentWire

Avia International: sees Hungarian retail fuel market as fertile ground

Avia International, an association of independent companies, has opened two fuel retailing stations in the Hungarian market and plan to build more. The strategic flexibility of the association means that site owners can easily adapt to the changing preferences of customers. This coupled with the association's ability to go where others will not means Avia has a recipe for Hungarian success.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

Biofuels in Europe: use growing but overcapacity looms

Biofuel companies across Europe are increasingly suffering from overcapacity. The issue is becoming particularly acute in Germany, where a new biofuels tax has had the undesirable effect of causing demand to fall rapidly. This implies that the German government should have been more careful in its predictions and, in order to meet EU biofuels targets, the rest of Europe must heed this warning.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2007
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Biofuels' European growth driven by mandates

Biofuels currently account for only about 1% of total European road fuel in terms of energy content and the EU has missed recent targets to increase this share. However, biofuels' penetration of the road fuel market will continue to grow as a result of national mandates and increased availability at the pump, even in countries like the UK that have traditionally lagged behind in biofuels use.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2007

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