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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.
Nov 17 2017
Flurry of State Tax Hikes Hits Motorists
GASOLINE TAX COFFERS FATTENING
Taxes

Retail Prices

Regulations
Motorists will fork over more than $75-billion in gasoline taxes this year, an all-time record high, as governments continue to claim shortages of road funding. Weighted national average tax: 54¢ gal., a burden borne by both motorists and the gasoline market. This study identifies recent and upcoming state tax hikes and compares taxes in markets across the country -- including Los Angeles where the combined federal, state, and local tax total is now nearly 90¢ gal.
Oct 24 2017
Gasoline Throughputs Rising In 2017
U.S. STATION COUNT SLIPS
Station Population

Supply/Demand

The U.S. station population declined by 2,000 outlets during the past two years according to our exclusive study. What's shrinking the count? This report identifies factors enabling more gallons pumped through fewer stations, and highlights outlet population changes around the country.
Oct 13 2017
In ¢/Gal. at the Pump
HOW UNECONOMIC ARE ALT FUEL VEHICLES?
Vehicle Fleet

Retail Prices

How high would retail gasoline prices have to be to make alternatively fueled vehicles cheaper to drive than gasoline-powered vehicles? This report ranks vehicle models comparing fuel cost and depreciation, showing once again that AFVs are not ready for prime time. Despite reports of technological "breakthroughs" in news media, the cost to drive an electric car is still triple that of gasoline powered vehicles.
Sep 15 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.
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