Forecourt Retailing Market Assessment 2005

  • ID: 461868
  • February 2005
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Key Note Ltd
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Fuel pump prices were again a sensitive issue during 2004, with the rising cost of fuel making headlines. This happened — despite the fact that fuel duty has remained frozen since 2000 — mainly as a result of global factors that have led to increases in the price of crude oil.

The retail market for motor fuel has been static or falling since 2000, due mainly to increased fuel efficiency, which means that consumers need to fill up their cars less often.

Diesel volumes rose slightly between 2002 and 2003, but a strong decrease in the overall volume of unleaded petrol has meant that, by the end of 2003, retail petrol volumes were at their lowest for 5 years. However, some of this low volume can be accounted for by a small increase in the `super unleaded' category.

The continuing problem of low fuel margins, combined with falling fuel sales, means that forecourt retailers have increasingly turned to non-fuel sales within their forecourt outlets. The growing sophistication of forecourt retail outlets has been led by fuel retailers' desire to make their forecourts more profitable, but they have succeeded because of changes in lifestyle: consumers have less READ MORE >

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