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May 19 2017
The Magic Lives
MAJORS' 2017 PUMP PRICE PREMIUM GOING STRONG
Retail Prices

Brand Value

The pump price premium enjoyed by major brands averages an impressive 7.5¢ gal. so far this year. It's bigger than ever, despite the ongoing volleying of brand ownership and use rights among companies. This study examines the big brands' price spreads around the country and revisits the myth of disappearing brand value.
Apr 24 2017
Update: Station Asking Prices 2017
STATION VALUES STILL ON THE RISE
Station Population



The average asking price for a gasoline station in the U.S. is now $825,000, up by 15% from just three years ago. This study explores what factors have been driving this increase and what trends may be shaping future station asking prices. Couche-Tard's pending purchase of CST, announced last year at a rich 11.5 multiple, was more evidence of the up-trend in value of the nation's retail fueling infrastructure.
Apr 07 2017
Air Czars Double Down to Slash Demand
CALIFORNIA'S PUMP PRICE PENALTY FIXED TO GROW
Retail Prices

Taxes

Regulations
California's motorists pay 15.5¢ at the pump to reduce "Climate Change", another 10-15¢ for the state's boutique formula, and the current 57¢ tax burden will swell another 12¢ this year. Still, regulators have plans for pump prices to zoom ever higher in order to decimate gasoline demand and to be a "model" for other governments about "green" policy leadership.
Mar 16 2017
Pump Price, Demographics Trounced MPG Controls
2016 ANOTHER RECORD HIGH GASOLINE DEMAND
Demand



Gasoline demand jumped 2.2% in 2016 and is now up 5.1% over the past two years. This marks the fourth straight year that gasoline demand increased. Demand per driver edged up last year even though the vehicle fleet became more fuel efficient. How can this be happening?
Mar 07 2017
Trends and Prospects in the U.S. Vehicle Fleet
AGAINST COMMON WISDOM, SUV SALES STILL BOOMING
Vehicle Fleet

Consumption/Supply/Demand

All-time high: There are now 1,800 vehicles for each gasoline station in the country, good news for the downstream petroleum industry. More good: Model year 2016 sales had no increase in miles per gallon consumption vs. 2015, and SUVs/trucks were an all-time high 60.6% of total light vehicle sales last year. Herein we examine weight, horsepower, CAFE regs, other factors shaping the fleet, and bust the myth that high retail gasoline prices historically reduce SUVs/trucks sales.
Feb 17 2017
Wide Array of Cost Hikes Coming
PERFORCE, RETAIL GASOLINE MARGIN WILL RISE
Retail Margins

Regulations

Will gasoline retailers be forced to up their gasoline margin by 3¢ gal., 5¢, or more, in 2017 just to cover cost hits from government actions? This report examines the onslaught of new gasoline business costs, mostly government-issued. Conversion to EMV equipment is coming on top of other mounting burdens.
Feb 03 2017
The Real-World Alt-Fuel
CAUSES OF DIESEL'S RETAIL SUCCESS
Diesel

Retail/Wholesale Prices

Station Population
Diesel fuel presence at stations has been gaining hugely and retail diesel margin has been rewarding operators handsomely for choosing to offer it. It is now available at 57% of outlets and current retail margin far exceeds margin on gasoline. Herein we examine the how and why of this diesel glory.
Jan 26 2017
Indie Roots, Major Impact
WESTERN, ANOTHER TESORO COUP
Mergers/Acquisitions

Market Share

Tesoro's upcoming acquisition of Western Refining will vault its refining capacity, station count, and gasoline market share higher and add to its fast-spreading territory, detailed in this report. Already resplendent with many brands, now Tesoro will have even more, plus new territories to plumb.
Jan 11 2017
As Costs Keep Climbing
2016 POOLED RETAIL MARGIN WAS HIGHEST EVER
Retail Prices

Retail Margins

Exceeding 2015's lofty 19.5¢ gal. margin on all grades combined, last year's pooled gasoline margin broke all prior records with an average 19.7¢ gal. -- double that of 2004. But, cost stresses are acute and getting worse, making margin rises a necessity for many. Herein we put 2016 retail margin and margin revenue in historical perspective, identify rising retail cost drivers, and reveal widely varying margins in eight big metro markets.
Dec 28 2016
Self-Serve Gasoline in the '40's
HOW AN INDIE CHANGED THE WORLD
Station Population

"Getting Into Serve Yourself"

The need to 'undercut the other guy' was the Mother of Invention -- of self-service gasoline. This report documents the fight by independents to stop the ban on self-service retailing. The earliest self-serve pioneers are the progenitors of today's greatest gasoline retailers.
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