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Sep 17 2017
Harvey Hikes Prices and Puts Bad Laws On Display
GASOLINE PRICE BEHAVIOR UNDER STRESS 2017
Retail Prices

Wholesale Prices

Regulations
The one-two punch of two hurricanes landing in the Gulf Coast region on the cusp of August-September detonating spot, rack, and retail gasoline prices, continues to hinder supply -- and demand. The retail price zoomed up 30¢, the third biggest jump in history. But racks are plummeting from their September 1 peak.
Sep 08 2017
The Prices Behind the Curtain
WHAT DO MOTORISTS PAY AFTER CARD DISCOUNTS?
Retail Prices

NACS on Gouging

What happens to final motorist prices after gasoline brands' credit card discounts and rebates are applied? The competitive lineup changes substantially as this study shows. Plus for retailers: The lack of transaction fees on business done with co-brand and proprietary cards enhances the bottom line. The practice is heating up, with many brands sweetening their offers of late. Herein cents/gal. retail prices by brand, pre- and post-rebate or discount, are examined in four metro markets.
Aug 18 2017
Bullish on the Brand and Demand
76'S NEW WEST COAST FLAG-BEARER: UNITED PACIFIC
Station Population



With the formation of United Pacific in 2015, a new West Coast flag-bearer of the valuable veteran gasoline brand 76 was born. This report describes a new chapter in the 76 brand's heroic story and reveals market shares, DTWs, and some market perspectives of UP's CEO.
Aug 07 2017
DOE Data Are Wrong
GOOD NEWS: GASOLINE DEMAND GROWING IN 2017
Demand



Contrary to negative reports out of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, gasoline demand is up 1% so far this year and 2017 is on track to beat 2016's all-time record. This report details where demand growth is stellar around the country and highlights trends behind the good news for gasoline retailers, marketers, and refiners.
Jul 24 2017
The Good, The Bad, and the Middling
HOW C-STORES ARE FARING
Station Population

NACS

Regulations
This issue reports on latest NACS industry data and tracks trends both aiding and challenging the convenience store industry. Headwinds notwithstanding, both revenue and store population are at all-time historical highs.
Jul 18 2017
Special View of the Top 10
REFINERIES' BRANDED SUPPLY LIABILITIES 2017
Refining/Supply/Demand



Which refiners have more than enough refining capacity to supply their branded retail station population, and which have too little? How these branded supply liabilities compare and how they are changing is examined in this report.
Jun 22 2017
Market Share Shakeup Via Shell-Motiva Split
MOTIVA REVEALING ZEAL FOR U.S. GASOLINE MARKET
Market Share



Motiva became a stand-alone major oil company just seven weeks ago, owns the country's largest refinery, and ranks No.5 in gasoline market share exceeding that of its former partner, Shell. After 18 years commanding the No.1 spot, Shell will tumble to seventh place. Herein we report shares, territories, and growth plans of the new major in town including exploitation of two great U.S. gasoline brands.
Jun 02 2017
Why the (Relative) Pump Price Stability?
SPRING PRICE HIKE 2017: NOT
Retail Prices



Why did Spring 2017 not bring a widely expected gasoline price surge, despite the usual seasonal upswing in demand and the mandated reformulation that costs refiners more to make?
May 25 2017
Retailer, Motorist Relief Continues
UPDATE: CARD FEE PAYOUTS AT THE PUMP
Retail Prices

Payment Forms

Retailers got another break in cents/gal. credit card fees last year, thanks mostly to lower retail gasoline prices. In early 2017 the fees have edged up a tad but are sweet versus 2012's all-time painful high. Latest research by this Letter shows that reductions in fee terms have been helping but improvements have tapered off.
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.
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