Number of petrol stations in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019, by brand

By the end of 2019, the British multinational oil and gas firm BP owned 1,221 petrol stations in the United Kingdom. The only other brands across the nation with more than 1,000 sites were Esso and Shell. Although BP owned the largest number of sites, 59 were closed between 2017 and 2018. In 2019, Esso owned a total of 1,205 petrol stations.

Majority of fuel sold at supermarkets

Although large oil and gas companies owned more petrol stations than any other brands, it was supermarkets that sold the largest volumes of fuel. In November 2019, Sainsbury’s had sold approximately 11,768 kiloliters, with Tesco close behind. In comparison, BP sold 4,317 kiloliters. It is easy to see why, when fuel prices from supermarkets are consistently cheaper than the UK average.

European comparisons

At the end of 2018, the number of petrol stations in the UK amounted to 8,442. This was significantly less than the number of petrol stations in Italy where there were more than 20,000 sites across the country.

Number of petrol stations sites in the United Kingdom (UK) in November 2019, by brand

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Figures estimated by Experian Catalist

Supplementary notes

*Co-op Share Brand is Co-op sites from various societies operating under their own Co-op branded pole sign (other Co-op dealer sites operating under other fuel brands, e.g. Texaco, are shown under that Share brand). **Circle K – includes sites branded TopazOpen sites includes all currently operating petrol stations and those sites that are under development or unsurveyed at time of publishing.

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