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Petrol station owner type site volume in the United Kingdom (UK) 2020

The hypermarket groups, owned and operated by retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrison, had by far the highest average motor fuel volume sold per site while company owned sites and independent dealer owned sites sold much lower volumes.

Hypermarket retailers have significant clout when it comes to setting fuel prices in the UK. Their sheer size and prominence allows them to employ methods that other operators find more difficult to access, such as in-store promotions and incentives run through their respective supermarkets. It is for reasons such as these, that voices within the industry including the Retail Motor Industry Federation, have begun calling for the Office of Fair Trading to conduct an inquiry in to trading practices within the fuel retail industry.

The emergence of the hypermarket fuel retailer is one of many changes taking place in the fuel retail industry, with the declining number of forecourts serving as an indicator of the changing face of fuel retail in the UK.

Average motor fuel volume sold per petrol stations sites in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2020, by ownership type*

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Figures estimated by Experian Catalist

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* Motor fuel volume refers to all grades of fuel bought on the forecourt by cars, vans and light commercial vehicles (petrol, diesel, LPG, etc.) and is based on Catalist estimates. This excludes fuel sold to the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) commercial sector usually through separate facilities away from the normal forecourt.

Ownership type definitions:
Company - owned by the supplying oil company whose name appears on the brand sign.
Dealer - an independently owned site usually supplied under an agreement with an oil company whose name usually appears on the brand sign. Also includes unbranded sites with no oil company identification.
Hypermarket - owned and operated by the multiple retailers (hypermarket groups), also includes sites that may be away from the main hypermarket store but are owned and branded by the hypermarket; and includes Co-op Stores with Co-op fuel branded forecourts.

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