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Jan 20 2021
Highest in History - How, Why, What's Next?
THE GREAT MARGIN MONOLITH OF 2020
Retail Margins



Retail gasoline margin broke another record last year, tripling that of one decade ago. So did gross margin dollars, $44.8-billion, a shocking achievement in a year of demand collapse and recession. This report examines how these milestones developed and why they are unlikely to repeat in 2021.
Jan 04 2021
Gasoline Retailers' Resilience
STATE OF THE U.S. STATION NETWORK 2020
Station Population

Throughputs

Lundberg research finds the nation's total station count was stable this year even in the face of decimated gasoline demand. Record high fuel margins and access to government loans/grants helped many keep the doors open in 2020. While thousands of retailers in other sectors have gone out of business, gasoline operators in general have persevered. Trends in station density and throughputs are examined herein.
Dec 14 2020
Major-Brand Dealer Country
FACES OF MIAMI MARKET COMPETITION 2020
Market Profile

Station Population

Miami's gasoline market has shown resiliency amidst this year's recession. Rather than decline, its outlet count has increased so far in 2020, despite temporarily reduced gasoline throughputs. Exclusive: Lundberg census data finds Miami's lessee dealer count has doubled in just eight years. The nation's seventh largest metro area is featured in this report.
Dec 08 2020
Jobs, Holidays Canceled
HOW 2020 GASOLINE DEMAND GOT CRUSHED
Demand

COVID-19

Lundberg exclusive: U.S. gasoline demand's recovery from April lows ended in August and it has been trending lower ever since. Covid lockdown policies have shuttered schools, killed restaurants, destroyed discretionary driving, and arrested the recovery in gasoline demand. State lockdown variations have caused a shocking variety in results, including New Jersey's 22.5% collapse.
Nov 30 2020
The Art of Positioning
MOTIVA'S EMERGING STRATEGY INCLUDES RETAIL
Market Share

Wholesale Prices

Company Profile
Motiva's share of the gasoline market is down, its share of refining capacity is up, and it has been broadening its spanse via ownership moves into petrochemicals and retail stations. Latest statistics and market perspectives featuring Motiva comprise this study. Exclusive: Lundberg census data reveal that Motiva is growing its 76 brand while shrinking Shell.
Nov 13 2020
Win-Win For Retailers, Motorists
RETAIL DIESEL FUEL, STAR OF 2020 Inbox
Retail Prices

Station Population

Diesel fuel is now available at more than 60% of metro area stations, and retail margin exceeds 60ยข gal. so far this year. Reasons for diesel's dramatically increased role in passenger vehicle fueling are explored in this report.
Oct 28 2020
Burnishing Retail Image As Network Shrinks
2020 UPDATE: PHILLIPS 66
Market Share

Station Population

Company Profile
Phillips 66's branded retail gasoline outlet count is slashed, market share is down, and a key refinery is idled. But the company is burnishing brand image and last year even bought half interest in a chunk of the West Coast retail market that it sold off a decade ago. Is P66, the only refiner with three major brands in its control, falling back in line with retail?
Oct 07 2020
Demand Still In Lockdown
GASOLINE PRICE 2020'S NOVEL ROUTE
Demand

Retail Prices

COVID-19
Caught in inertia for weeks, the average retail gasoline price may now veer downward if demand can't break out of its constraints. This report digs behind the near-steady retail picture showing trends in gasoline demand, stocks, refining capacity use, and rack price channels.
Sep 18 2020
The Titan of Unbranded Gasoline
PORTRAIT OF VALERO 2020
Market Share

Wholesale Prices

Refining
Despite launching a new brand image two years ago, Valero's branded outlet count has dwindled. At the same time, the nation's second biggest refiner continues to build its refining clout and churn out massive unbranded volumes from its flexible U.S. system. This report reviews Valero's gasoline market share and spotlights its below-middle rack price position in one metro market.
Sep 09 2020
California Under Siege
REFINER EXODUS CONTINUES
Regulations

Demand

California's alternative energy mandates have rendered it a laughing stock as hapless residents are now experiencing blackouts. Meanwhile, the state is set to lose two of its remaining 10 refineries as Covid accelerated the gasoline demand crash that had already been ordered by politicians years ago. For California regulators, the permanent loss of vital state energy infrastructure is 'mission accomplished'.
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