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Service Station Retailing in the UK 2017: Market and competitor data and insights into fuel, c-store and car wash offerings

Service Station Retailing in the UK 2017: Market and competitor data and insights into fuel, c-store and car wash offerings

Summary

The report Service Station Retailing in the UK 2017, provides an executive-level overview of the UK service station market today, with values and volumes up to 2017. It delivers quantitative and qualitative insight into the fuel market, based on in depth interviews with major fuel operators across Europe and proprietary data from our service station retail databases. It provides: National Fuel Volumes (2012 to 2022e) and Values. Breakdown of the top five fuel retailers shop, car wash, company owned motorway and unmanned sites.

The total number of service stations in the UK declined by 2.7% about 8,489 sites in 2016. BP has the largest service station network, at 1,281 sites, amounting to 15.1% of the national network. In 2016, four of the top five fuel retailers, added new service stations to their networks. The top five fuel retailers -Tesco, BP, Shell, Esso and Sainsburys accounted for 48,9% of service stations in the UK in 2016.

As of 2016, 86.6% of service stations in the UK featured a shop. The total number of service stations with a shop marginally decreased by 2.8% about 7,348 sites. The top five fuel retailers in the UK accounted for 56.3% of the number of service station shops in the country. BP is the leading player in the service station shop market, with 99.9% of its 1,281 sites featuring a shop. 17.4% of all service station sites with a shop are BP branded.

62.2% of service stations in the UK feature a car wash. The total numbers of service stations with a car wash in the UK increased by 3.6% to 5,277 sites. BP has the largest number of service stations with a car wash in the country, at 769 sites, amounting to 14.6% of the national network. Of the top five players, Tesco was the only top five retailer that divested sites with a car wash in its network in 2016.

Companies mentioned in this report: Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, ASDA, BP.

Scope

  • Total fuel consumption in the UK increased by 1.3% in 2016 compared to the previous year.
  • BP has the largest service station network, at 1,281 sites, amounting to 15.1% of the national network.
  • The total number of service stations with a car wash in the UK increased by 3.6% to 5,277 sites. The total number of service stations with a shop marginally decreased by 2.8% to 7,348 sites.
Reasons to buy
  • Identify who are the top five players in the UK and how many fuel outlets, motorway & unmanned sites, shops & car wash they have.
  • Plan effect market strategies by uncovering market share and average fuel throughput per site of the top five players in the market.
  • Understand how the service station network evolving and which players are opening new outlets as well as incresing forecourt shops and car washes.
  • Identify what strategies the key players have across their fuel and non- fuel offerings in terms of products sold, branding, promotions, partnerships and suppliers used.


  • Service station competitor overview
  • Service station market overview
    • The top five fuel retailers account for 48.9% of the UK market
    • All supermarket retailers have increased their market shares over the last five years by focusing on low fuel prices
    • BP accounts for more than half of all motorway service stations in 2016
    • Competitor ranking in 2015 compared to 2016
  • Market Size - Tesco
    • Table Motorists can pay for fuel at Tesco sites using mobile payment apps
  • Market Size - BP
    • Table BP increased its market share in 2016 as a result of its services and promotions
  • Market Size - Shell
    • Table Shell partnered with MasterCard on promotions for motorists in 2017
  • Market Size - Esso
    • Table Over half of all Esso service stations in the UK are dealer owned
  • Market Size - Sainsbury
    • Table Sainsburys expanded its service station network in 2016 adding 7 sites
  • Service station shop network
    • Table Service station shop network
    • The number of service station shops declined 2.8% in 2016
    • BP and Esso accounted for more than 30% of shop sites in the UK
  • Service station shops- Tesco
    • Table Tesco shops and network penetration
  • Service station shops- BP
    • Table BP shops and network penetration
  • Service station shops- Shell
    • Table Shell shops and network penetration
  • Service station shops- Esso
    • Table Esso shops and network penetration
  • Service station shops- Sainsburys
    • Table Sainsburys shops and network penetration
  • Service station car wash network
    • Table Service station car wash network
    • Close to a third of all car wash sites are owned by independent fuel retailers in the UK
  • Service station car wash- Tesco
    • Table Tesco sites with a car wash and network penetration
  • Service station car wash- BP
    • Table BP sites with a car wash and network penetration
  • Service station car wash - Esso
    • Table Esso sites with a car wash and network penetration
  • Service station car wash - Shell
    • Table Shell sites with a car wash and network penetration
  • Service station car wash - Sainsburys
    • Table Sainsburys sites with a car wash and network penetration
    • The number of car washes in the UK rose 3.6% in 2016 as independent retailers expanded their non fuel facilities
    • Service station market overview
    • The number of service stations in the UK have fluctuated over the last five years
    • The UK population has increased annually since 2013
    • Petrol vehicles account for over 60.0% of the UK market
    • Total fuel volumes in the UK will continue to rise in 2017
    • Fuel volumes will rise towards 2022 as vehicle parc levels increase over this period
    • Diesel accounted for 51.9% of fuel value in the UK in 2016
    • Average fuel prices began to rise in 2016 for the first time since 2012
    • The number of motorway sites have risen in recent years as retailers invest in this site type due to their high volumes
    • Despite growth in the number of unmanned sites in the UK they only accounted for 0.4% of sites in 2016
  • Appendix
  • Methodology

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