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May 19 2022
Nation's Economic Lifeblood At Stake
2022 DIESEL SUPPLY CRISIS
Supply/Demand

Retail Prices

Wholesale Prices
Permanently shuttered refining capacity and a crude oil price spike had already caused a very tight diesel market in 2021. Now the Russia Ukraine war has sent stock levels crashing and prices soaring. Supply is a bare 22.1 days of demand as refiners are scrambling to increase output. Crude oil has spiked to $112 bbl. today while truckers are struggling with prices averaging $5.57 gal. nationally with many markets over $6.
May 04 2022
BP On The Move
PADD 2-WEST: 2021 MARKET SHARES
Market Share

Regional

BP is making strong gains in the nine-state Western PADD 2 territory, while P66 continues to hold the top spot. This report examines regional market shares and reveals the region's unheralded but fine gasoline demand growth.
Apr 25 2022
Pump Price Wreckage
GASOLINE DEMAND DROP FORMING
Retail Prices

Demand

At the outset of this year, prospects for a vigorous gasoline demand recovery were good. With folks heading back to work, lockdowns continuing to ease, and pent up demand in the offing, 2022 could have been a banner year. Instead, a price spike and stagnant economy have hobbled motorists and arrested demand recovery. This report examines 2021's strong demand recovery and headwinds facing 2022.
Apr 18 2022
A Real and Present Danger
RETURN OF '70s STYLE PRICE CONTROLS COMING?
Regulations



What's worse than gasoline price spikes and rapidly rising inflation? It's federal price controls, as this study using the Letter's archives of 1970s nightmares of fixed retail margin and supply allocation reveals. A return of those complex and abusive rules may be festering right now and would once again wreak great havoc and damage to all parties. Today's eye-popping pump prices would be joined by station outages, closures, and long lines of angry motorists.
Mar 15 2022
Gasoline Spikes To $4.429 Per Gallon
ALL-TIME HIGH SHOCKS NATION
Retail Prices

Supply/Demand

The U.S. average retail gasoline price spiked 78.5¢ per gallon during the two weeks ending March 11, shocking the nation and leaving motorists red-faced with anger. Politicians are pointing fingers at each other as well as the industry, setting the stage for dangerous and uncertain times ahead regarding impulse diktats and regulations. This report examines crude oil, refining utilization, and the likely reversal in the retail gasoline price path.
Mar 03 2022
Marathon Country
PADD 2 EAST: 2021 MARKET SHARES
Market Share

Regional

Marathon continues to hold the top gasoline market share in the six-state Midwest region covered herein. BP's quick move up has stalled while Sunoco has overtaken Citgo. Gasoline demand has recovered nicely in 2021, but long-term prospects are not as bright as in other parts of the nation.
Feb 23 2022
More Jobs, Higher Pay
SERVICE STATION EMPLOYMENT LANDSCAPE
Station Population



ervice station employment took a big dip in 2020 but has recovered sharply since then. The U.S. retail gasoline industry now employs 954,000 workers, a 53,000 job recovery since May 2020. Over the past 10 years, the industry has added more than 110,000 jobs, while at the same time average hourly wages have increased 44%. Industry trends affecting employment, wages, and outlet count are examined herein.
Feb 08 2022
Exxon Ascends to Top Spot
SOUTHEAST GASOLINE MARKET SHARES
Market Share

Regional

Fierce competition and robust demand growth characterize the Southeast region's gasoline market. It also remains a magnet for people moving in. After a remarkable rise, ExxonMobil now holds the top Southeastern market share after wresting it from Motiva in 2020. This report reviews market share and demand in the expanding 7-state Southeast region.
Jan 24 2022
Majors Vie For A Shrinking Pie
NORTHEAST GASOLINE MARKET SHARES
Market Share

Regional

There has been a significant shakeup in market shares in the Northeast region of the U.S., with Phillips66 and Gulf Oil falling out of the top 5. The region's gasoline demand was harder hit than the nation by the 2020-2021 recession. On top of that, data reveal people are moving out of the area in droves. Despite this, it remains the world's biggest gasoline market.
Jan 06 2022
Long Term Up Trend Still In Place
RETAIL MARGIN 2021 WAS SECOND ALL-TIME HIGHEST
Retail Margins



Retail gasoline margin took a breather last year from 2020's all-time record high, averaging 26.9¢ gal. Still, with 8% gasoline demand growth, and a recovery in C-store sales, the industry's 2021 performance was admirable. Inflating operating costs in 2021 will continue to play an important role in 2022. Especially labor costs which are spiking far higher and must be passed through via wider ¢/gal. margin.
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