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21 October, 2014

PRA requests assurance on fuel duty freeze

PRA chairman Brian Madderson has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, asking him to reaffirm his promise to freeze fuel duty until May 2015.

Today’s convenience stores face growing pressure to evolve amid the ramped-up expectations of global consumers, and c-stores that fail to innovate are at risk of falling behind, delegates were told at this year's annual convention of the National Association of Convenience Stores in Las Vegas.

Supermarkets are fighting like dinosaurs for shoppers to visit their massive out-of-town stores, according to PRA chairman Brian Madderson. He was commenting on the last round of fuel price cuts announced this week, which have led to fuel prices reaching their lowest level for four years.

Jet has this week launched its upgraded extranet portal - ‘My Phillips 66’. The company says the upgrade is the result of considerable research and investment to develop an industry-leading data delivery mechanism for customers across its entire retail, wholesale, aviation, LPG and marine network.

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