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Jan 13 2023
Crime's Impact on Gasoline Stations
FUEL OUTLETS INCREASINGLY TARGETED archived surveys
Station Population



As crime in the U.S. has mushroomed, the hit to C-stores and fuel outlets is extra heavy. This Letter details crime data from the FBI and notes financial damages far beyond the cash box that are being passed through to motorists via expanded cents gal. margin. A security guard may cost 5-25 cents per gallon, we find.
Jan 03 2023
Energy Transition Stalled
2022 RETAIL GASOLINE MARGIN SHATTERS RECORD
Retail Margins



U.S. gasoline retailers have just completed their best year in history taking in 43.1¢ per gallon on average. Instead of trending towards zero as many experts had predicted a few years back, margins are showing dramatic improvement. This report chronicles and examines retailers' fine 2022 performance.
Dec 14 2022
A Record Year
U.S. AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE REVIEW
Retail Prices



The 2022 annual U.S. average retail gasoline price shattered the prior record by more than 33¢ gal. Gasoline price inflation registered 32% over 2021. The dramatic year featured a 171¢ gal. price spike followed by a collapse, with motorists feeling the most pain in June. For a final act as the year winds down pump prices are now lower than when the year started. How did it all happen?
Dec 09 2022
U.S. Station Count Rebounds
STATION POPULATION CROSSCURRENTS 2022
Station Population

Retail Prices/Margins

After a long period of decline, the nation's station population bottomed in 2021 and registered a small gain this year, buttressed by record retail fuel margins. But gasoline throughputs are down in 2022 as motorists recoil from elevated pump prices. The station network remains resilient despite three straight years of economic crisis.
Nov 17 2022
Emerging Boondoggle
DO E-CAR CHARGERS MAKE FINANCIAL SENSE
Regulations



Gasoline retailers are being told by experts that they must install electric vehicle chargers to survive the "energy transition" and cash in on lucrative subsidies. This report finds some problems with this panacea including massive costs, limited demand, government competition, and meager margins. On top of all that, most of the promised soon-to-be e-car customers will fill'er up at home, not at service stations.
Nov 10 2022
Tale of Two Cities
SAN FRANCISCO AND JACKSONVILLE
Demand



Two important gasoline markets featured herein sit at opposite ends of the gasoline demand growth spectrum. Jacksonville demand has soared while San Francisco's has cratered. Demographics, taxes, regulations, and anti-oil sentiment have all played a roll in this growing disparity.
Oct 11 2022
Haunted by Dead Refineries
CALIFORNIA'S NEW RECORD HIGH PUMP PRICE: $6.40
Retail Prices

Regulations

Chase refining capacity out of town, require the costliest fuel specs, insert anti-warming fees, impose high taxes, and the pump price soars. California's gasoline price is higher than it's ever been: $6.40 per gallon.
Sep 22 2022
Motorists Shouldering Massive Hikes
VEHICLE OWNERSHIP COSTS, 2022
Retail Prices



In August the average new vehicle cost jumped to $48,301, 10.8% higher than August 2021. This dramatic increase joins significant cost hikes in automobile insurance, maintenance, and gasoline, making the overall cost of driving burgeon. As a result, gasoline demand is suffering. This report examines vehicle operating costs in recent years and what it means for gasoline demand.
Sep 13 2022
STATE LEVEL GASOLINE METRICS, 2022
Recession Crushing Motorists, Demand
Demand



Extreme pump prices and economic recession continue to decimate U.S. gasoline demand this year. The volume decline pain has not been distributed equally, with some states faring pretty well while others not. Herein, state level details of gasoline demand in recent years are examined.
Aug 24 2022
Price Veto Imposed
PREMIUM GASOLINE COMEBACK HALTED
Retail Prices

Wholesale Prices

Grade Share
Premium grade was given up for dead by many several years ago but it bobbed back up again. Now high prices have stopped its comeback in its tracks. But premium gasoline is still a lucrative margin enhancer for both refiners and retailers. This study displays wholesale and retail markups and market share with great regional variations.
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