GB forecourts hit number one spot

GB Oils has overtaken BP as UK market leader in terms of the number of forecourt sites, whilst Harvest Energy added 53 sites to its forecourt list.

According to figures released by Experian Catalist last week, following its acquisitions of Pace and Total, GB now has 1199 forecourts – including 476 Total, 305 Gulf, 135 Pace, 95 UK, 73 Power and 23 Scottish Fuels, plus 92 other brands. BP now has 1175 forecourt sites.

Site closures slow slightly

Experian Catalist also reported that the UK forecourt network has shrunk by less than 90 sites in the past year. There are now 8677 open forecourts, compared to 8765 this time last year, showing that the rate of site closures has slowed slightly, as site numbers fell by 119 the previous year.

Esso, Jet and Shell took the greatest hit on site numbers during the past 12 months, losing 32, 48 and 37 respectively. After GB Oils, Harvest Energy made the biggest inroads with the addition of 53 sites. Murco added 25 forecourts.

Volume share                     

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Tesco = 15.5%

BP = 14.9%

GB Oils = 6.4%

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Experian Catalist figures show that Tesco has grown its volume share leadership to 15.5% with only 492 petrol stations. BP’s volume share is 14.9%, while GB Oils is in eighth place in volume terms with 6.4% market share. The average fuel volume on dealer sites is 2.28mlpa, while hypermarkets are selling an average of 11.2mlpa, and company-owned sites 4.77mlpa.   www.catalist.com

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