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The Petrol Stations industry has undergone a turbulent period. Over the five years through 2019-20, IBISWorld estimates industry revenue to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.3%. At the beginning of the period, price competition was fierce as global crude oil prices plummeted, dragging down fuel price and leading to a particularly significant decline in revenue in 2015-16. A low-price environment was exacerbated by the dominance of supermarkets. This, combined with growing environmental concerns, resulted in more people exchanging car journeys for public transport and bicycles. Rising environmental fears have also resulted in consumers opting to purchase or drive more fuel-efficient or ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV)...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£17.5bn
Annual Growth 15-20
0.3%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
38,576
Businesses
2,680

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Policy changes and environmental concerns have resulted in competition intensifying
  • Environmental fears and new legislation have boosted competition from fuel-efficient transport
  • Operators can adapt to competition by further adjusting their business models and product mixes
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Petrol Stations industry has undergone a turbulent period. Over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is forecast to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.3%. At the beginning of the period, price competition was fierce as global crude oil prices plummeted, dragging down fuel prices. A low-price environment was exacerbated by the dominance of supermarkets. This, combined with environmental concerns, resulted in people exchanging car journeys for public transport and bicycles. Rising environmental fears also prompted consumers to seek fuel-efficient or ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). Competition from ULEVs and alternative transport has intensified due to legislative changes.However, the industry has improved since 2016-17. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Petrol Stations Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Petrol Stations Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of crude oil and Real household disposable income in the Petrol Stations industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Petrol Stations Industry?

    Companies in this industry sell automotive fuel such as petrol, diesel, autogas and alternative fuels directly to consumers. Most petrol stations also operate a convenience store and some provide car-washing services. A significant proportion of sales to drivers of heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches are not included in the industry because these often go through wholesalers.

    Industry Products
  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Convenience stores
  • Car washes and other services
  • Alternative fuels
  • Industry Activities
  • Fuel retailing
  • Retailing convenience items
  • Providing car-washing services
  • Retailing oil-related products such as lubricants
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of crude oil
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total number of registered motor vehicles
  • Average age of motor vehicles
  • Passenger rail journeys
  • Public concern over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Crude oil dynamics
  • Volatile inputs
  • Downward pricing pressures
  • Legislation and competition
  • Changing gears
  • Market structure and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Crude oil
  • Fuel duties
  • Competitive dynamics
  • Alternative fuel
  • Market structure and profit
  • Table: Petrol Stations Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Petrol Stations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Freight Road Transport
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Fuel Wholesaling
  • Tobacco Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Convenience stores
  • Alternative fuels
  • Car washes and other services
  • Chart: Petrol Stations Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 45 and 64 years
  • People aged between 30 and 44 years
  • Commercial market
  • People aged between 17 and 29 years
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Petrol Stations Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesPurchasesProfitDepreciationMarketingRentUtilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Petrol Stations

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Petrol Stations Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Tesco Stores Limited, BP Oil UK Ltd, Shell UK Ltd, Esso UK Limited, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc,
  • Table: Tesco Stores Limited - financial performance
  • Table: BP Oil UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Shell UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Esso UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Petrol Stations Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Petrol Stations Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Biofuels
  • Fuels that are made from renewable resources such as plants and food. Examples include biodiesel and bioethanol.
  • Diesel-Engined Road Vehicle (Derv) Fuel
  • Another way of referring to diesel.
  • Research Octane Number (Ron)
  • The rating given to different types of petrol. Petrol with a higher RON is believed to perform better.
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