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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month, we look at automotive fuel retailing.

This review looks at:

  • Trends in fuel prices
  • Retail sales of automotive fuel
  • Volume sales at automotive fuel retailers
  • Forecourts by ownership model
  • Trends in car sales

We also include an Analyst Comment on Sainsbury's decision to end its Brand Match scheme.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Sainsbury’s ends brand match
      • Price focus
        • Figure 1: Key factors in choosing a supermarket, August 2015
      • Prices and online
        • The end of promotions
          • Sainsbury’s new pricing strategy
            • Sainsbury’s is still seen as expensive
              • Figure 2: Satisfaction with prices at leading retailers, August 2015
            • Brand match is an important way of underpinning trust in prices
            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                    • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2015/16
                    • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS March 2014-March 2016
                  • John Lewis
                    • Figure 5: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2015-16
                  • Inflation and wages
                    • Figure 6: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, 2012-16
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2015-16
                  • Looking forward
                  • Sector Focus – Automotive Fuel Retailing

                      • Fuel prices crash
                        • Figure 8: Annual % change in the price of fuels and lubricants for the operation of personal transport equipment, 2010-March 2016
                      • Fuel price crash affecting value sales…
                        • Figure 9: Retail sales (including VAT/ duties), 2010-16
                      • …though low prices are encouraging demand
                        • Figure 10: Annual % change in the volume of sales in predominantly automotive fuel outlets, seasonally adjusted, May 2013-March 2016
                      • Automotive sales recovering strongly
                        • Figure 11: Annual % change in the volume of car sales, by new and used car sales, 2011-15
                      • Major oil companies pull back from forecourt ownership
                        • Figure 12: Ownership of UK forecourts by operation, 2015
                      • Forecourts up their convenience game
                      • Headlines for the Month

                        • Grocers
                          • Clothing retailing
                            • Multi-sector retailing
                              • Department stores
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Homewares retailing
                                    • Home shopping
                                      • Economy
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Convenience stores
                                          • UK: Budgens and Londis deliver growth for Booker
                                            • UK: Simply Fresh partners with NHS Scotland with new health-focused c-store
                                              • Grocers
                                                • UK: Lidl launches My Lidl members club
                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                    • …profits tumble 30%
                                                      • UK: Ocado gross retail sales up in Q1
                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                          • …announces restructuring of store training teams
                                                            • …considers upping bid for Argos
                                                              • …highlights personalised offers in new campaign
                                                                • …like-for-like sales edge up 0.1%
                                                                  • …makes £1.4bn bid for Home Retail
                                                                    • …puts an end to Brand Match
                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                        • …calls time on Nutricentre business
                                                                          • …eyes remaining stake of Tesco Mobile
                                                                            • …introduces value-led Farm ranges
                                                                              • …launches wonky veg box
                                                                                • …mulls sale of Giraffe business
                                                                                  • …to launch own mobile payment service
                                                                                    • UK: The Co-operative Food
                                                                                      • …sales grow 1.6%
                                                                                        • …mulls sales of Somerfield stores
                                                                                          • …partners with ParcelShop
                                                                                            • …pledges £11m investment in Wales
                                                                                              • …reveals ambitious UK expansion plans
                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                  • …launches first ever gardening magazine
                                                                                                    • …reveals new premium own-label brand
                                                                                                      • …set to open UK’s first cashless store
                                                                                                        • …trials self-scanning in store
                                                                                                          • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                            • UK: Naked Wines hits record £100m sales
                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                              • Clothing, footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché
                                                                                                                  • …appoints Asda buying director as CEO
                                                                                                                    • …lowers profit expectations
                                                                                                                      • UK: Clarks Village attracts seven new retailers
                                                                                                                        • UK: Ernest Jones sales rise 8.7%
                                                                                                                          • UK: French Connection’s losses widen as sales fall
                                                                                                                            • UK: Jack Wills eyes UK and Asian expansion
                                                                                                                              • UK: Jimmy Choo boosted by new store openings and strong growth in Asia
                                                                                                                                • UK: Mamas & Papas unveils new concept
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mango introduces discount line to attract young shoppers
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Michael Kors unveils wearable tech range
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next full-year group sales rise 3.0%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Oliver Bonas launches catalogue to drive online sales
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ted Baker’s profits surge 20.3%
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Timberland opens new London store with in-house cobbler
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Whistles acquired by Phase Eight owner
                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                    • …board recommends Sainsbury's offer
                                                                                                                                                      • …reports mixed results for “eventful” 2015
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Marks & Spencer UK like-for-like sales slip 1.1%
                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                                                              • …confident CVA will go ahead despite landlord resistance
                                                                                                                                                                • …creditors approve rent cuts
                                                                                                                                                                  • …sells Oxford Street flagship lease
                                                                                                                                                                    • …..pension deficit bill may be given to Sir Philip Green
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Harrods managing director to stand down
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                          • …JLAB launches with a focus on health and convenience
                                                                                                                                                                            • …opens Birmingham tech hub
                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales grow 2.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                • …unveils smart home department
                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Clas Ohlson to close seven stores
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher profits fall 20.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Screwfix trialling two-hour delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles first half sales rise 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bang & Olufsen reveal UK expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Carphone acquires TV and telecoms switching platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Maplin invests £3m reducing prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Steinhoff shuns Argos for Darty
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: DFS reports 12.3% rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: IKEA launches virtual reality kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lombok
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …plans £15m sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports strong like-for-like growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: VictoriaPlum relaunches MFI brand with new collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm enjoys growth on the back of its Winter Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hillarys launches first carpet range and new campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Laura Ashley to launch as a department store concession as sales fall 4.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Steamer Trading acquires Divertimenti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: AO World trades ahead of expectations in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boohoo launches standalone menswear site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Notonthehighstreet in talks to raise £25m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct rolls out size comparison tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wiggle trials cycle service and repair offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boots UK reveals rise in second quarter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book, greeting card and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Card Factory delivers another record year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Foyles delivers 4.3% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith introduces digital displays into their store windows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Game revenues tumble in "challenging" UK market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Go Outdoors takes advantage of surging bicycle demand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bank holiday footfall declines as storms hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Clarks Village attracts seven new retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: February retail sales rise 3.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: MP's vote against changes to Sunday trading laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail footfall declines 1.1% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Budget: Changes in business rates designed to help retailers

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