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Feb 14 2019
Vitals and Views of
THE CAR WASH/STATION POPULATION
Station Population



The presence of car washes across the station population, and the breakdown by type of operation with dollar sales data, are revealed in this report along with findings from the International Carwash Association and other experts on the business of this lucrative retail offering. Lundberg field research finds that 12% of U.S. gasoline outlets currently offer car washes.
Jan 28 2019
After Biggest Refining Deal In History
MARATHON ACQUIRES TOP U.S. MARKET SHARE
Mergers/Acquisitions

Market Share

The nation's No.1 refiner and gasoline marketer as of a huge 2018 purchase, Marathon Petroleum is on a branding-up campaign: company-ops to Speedway and branded jobbers to Marathon. Both brands will be taken "coast to coast". Herein we report on the company's latest and greatest buyout and steep climb in refining capacity, station counts and national gasoline market share. This is Part 1. Part 2 will focus on Marathon's new retailing clout around the country.
Jan 10 2019
Perforce, Growing With Ever-Rising Costs
2018 BEST RETAIL GASOLINE MARGIN OF ALL TIME
Retail Margins

Retail Price

Gasoline retailers achieved another all-time record high for margin last year, successfully passing through spiking costs of doing business, as well as adding to profits. Rising labor costs and a costly EMV deadline, among other reasons, will require a continued hike in gasoline margin in 2019 and beyond.
Dec 19 2018
Advancing Retail Raptor
COUCHE-TARD'S HEADY RISE CONTINUES
Station Population

Margins

With its fuel margin on track for a record high, and after continuing a years-long buying spree, Couche-Tard is busy branding sites and planning more coups. Herein we peg Couche-Tard's U.S. gasoline market share at more than 7.5%, trace the Canadian company's growing outlet count, and examine the retailer's new Circle K gasoline brand.
Dec 12 2018
Is Premium Gasoline High, or Regular Low
THE SPREADING GRADE PRICE SPREAD
Retail Price

Market Share

The average retail price spread between premium and regular grade gasoline is a dime wider than it was just three years ago. What gives? This issue tracks wholesale and retail grade spreads and premium's market share nationally and around the nation. We also contrast the anti-premium outcry of the past with a new push to make the American diet all premium all the time.
Nov 16 2018
Arco's New Owner Debuts at No. 1
UPDATE: SHARE OF MARKET IN THE WEST
Market Share

Regional

Western gasoline demand hit its all-time high last year and is on course to grow again in 2018 despite shrinkage in laggard California. There is a new boss in town in terms of share of market in the 12-state region: Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum. We present shares over time and check gallonage gains and losses around the region.
Nov 12 2018
California's Global Warming Regs
PRICE PUMP PENALTY PROGRAMMED TO RISE
Regulations

Retail Price

Demand
California regulators have set a half gallon per capita per day gasoline diet for 2030. So demand will have to fall 40% from current usage, per government diktats. How high must the retail price go to achieve this? Will California motorists and voters take this lying down? Herein we measure impacts of state climate change prevention programs on California's gasoline market. Does the California fuels industry have Stockholm Syndrome?
Oct 30 2018
Total U.S. Station Network Worth $121-Billion
GASOLINE STATION VALUES ARE STILL RISING
Station Population

Regional

The U.S. average asking price for a station for sale is now $845,000, up 18% from four years ago. Swelling throughputs and higher gasoline margins are key causes. Herein the Letter identifies trends affecting station valuation and details findings around the country.
Oct 23 2018
Exxon Leapfrogs To Top
GULF COAST MARKET SHARE UPDATE
Market Share

Regional

There's been dramatic change in PADD 3's top gasoline market shares: Divorce (Shell and Motiva), marriage (Marathon and Andeavor), buyouts downstream of them, and gallonage leaps and plunges reordering gasoline market shares in the region home to more than half the country's refining capacity, the Gulf Coast.
Sep 24 2018
Marathon Comes Full Circle
PADD 2-WEST MARKET SHARE UPDATE
Market Share

Regional

Phillips is No.1 in the nine-state Western PADD 2 territory, and Marathon is back big time. Gasoline demand in the region has been stellar so far in 2018 after shrinking last year.
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