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Apr 16 2018
Components of the American Edge
WHY U.S. REFINERS STILL DOMINATE
Consumption/Supply/Demand



Last year was the seventh consecutive of attractive U.S. refining margin, and so far in 2018, continued success seems baked in. U.S. gasoline supply is more abundant, at lower prices, than would otherwise be -- feeding marketers, retailers, and consumers -- because of the thriving refining industry.
Mar 16 2018
Despite Headwinds
2017 RECORD HIGH GASOLINE DEMAND
Consumption/Supply/Demand



U.S. gasoline demand has set a new all-time record high, with 2017 marking the fifth consecutive year of growth. This year will deliver further growth, for reasons covered in this report -- including a resurgence in driving by a younger demographic.
Mar 09 2018
Sea of Pumps
BUC-EE'S REDEFINING BIG BOX
Station Population



The nation's highest volume gasoline station is owned and operated by independent retailer Buc-ee's. The Texas phenom has shocked the industry with advances in store size, offerings, and most importantly -- fueling positions. After impressive growth in its home state, Buc-ee's is now set to unveil additional outlets in Alabama and Florida.
Feb 27 2018
In Tactical and Strategic Flux
A VIEW OF BP'S ARCO DTW POSITIONING
Wholesale Prices

Station Population

If one oil company buys another with a superb gasoline brand, with stupendous throughputs thanks to cavernous discounts under the competition, sells that brand to an independent but retains area-limited permission to move gallons through that same brand -- how would that company price product to dealers? This issue reports on the evolving DTW price personality of the Arco brand in BP territory.
Feb 16 2018
Will Build Refining "Powerhouse" on Gulf Coast
EXXON ASSUMES TOP U.S. GASOLINE MARKET SHARE
Market Share

Station Population

Despite gallonage shrinkage in 2017, ExxonMobil has assumed the top U.S. gasoline market share for the first time in decades. The supermajor has outsourced growth of its powerful gasoline brands and recently announced huge domestic investments. This issue tracks how Exxon achieved the top share, including gasoline sales performance by state around the country, including 110 new Exxons in Dallas.
Jan 23 2018
Volatility, Market Diversity
RECORD HIGH GASOLINE MARGIN, PART 2
Retail Prices

Retail Margins

Last year's historical high retail margin path was nonetheless a bumpy road, as this report on volatility and market by market comparison reveals. Margin, crippled in late August, skyrocketed more than 18¢ gal. in one month. Seattle retailers achieved a high margin in 2017 due in part to having the nation's highest minimum wage.
Jan 02 2018
Golden Age Continues
2017 GASOLINE MARGIN MARKED ALL-TIME HIGH
Retail Prices

Retail Margins

U.S. gasoline margin expanded for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 as both cents/gal. and total dollars set new all-time highs. This report scrutinizes stellar performance by station operators and finds that a big part of margin growth is perforce due to increasing costs of doing business.
Dec 19 2017
Sales, Margin, Market Share
PREMIUM GRADE FLOURISHING
Retail Margins

Grade Shares

Defying many expert and pundit predictions, premium grade gasoline sales have been booming -- up more than 21% from four years ago - and a growing share of pool. This despite the bigger price premium it carries and a rebound in pump prices this year. Retailers are enjoying the best of both worlds -- expanded margin on premium grade as well as more gallons being sold.
Dec 12 2017
Gasoline Throughput, Customer Pool, Density
VITAL STATION METRICS BY REGION 2017
Station Population

Demand

Gasoline throughputs are up nationally since 2015 but there is more to the story. Gulf Coast retailers enjoyed hikes of nearly 7% on average per Lundberg data, while most other regions saw only modest growth. New Mexico has emerged as the nation's guzzling champion, at 652 gallons per person annually. The West still features the most persons per station. These and other recent changes by state and region are featured in this report.
Nov 27 2017
Jobber-Supplied Dealers Still On The Ascent
HOW THE DTW-RACK SPREAD SHRANK BY HALF
Wholesale Prices

Station Population

Demonstrating volatility this year when it briefly plunged into inversion due to Harvey's flooding, the branded rack discount under DTW so far this year is half what it was two decades ago. Jobbers are increasingly competing for plum dealers with attractive rack-plus pricing, averaging just over 4¢ in 2017. How the spread skinnied, an update of the thriving J-DTW class, and a view by brand of two major markets, are featured in this issue.
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