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Petrol Stations in the UK: Market Research Report

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Petrol Stations Market Research Report | SIC G47.300 | Mar 2017

Out of gas: Rising price competition has caused industry revenue and profit to decline

The Petrol Stations market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
BP Oil UK Ltd BP Oil UK Ltd market share
Esso UK Limited Esso UK Limited market share
Sainsbury's Sainsbury's market share
Shell UK Ltd Shell UK Ltd market share
Tesco Stores Limited Tesco Stores Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Rising public concern over environmental issues has caused demand for diesel to increase
  • Increased innovation in the manufacture of cars has led to greater fuel efficiency, lowering industry sales
  • The introduction of the new Emissions Surcharge in London could negatively affect industry demand
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operators in the Petrol Stations industry have endured a turbulent past five years. Rising competition within the industry has negatively affected industry profit. Additionally, increased public concern over environmental issues has encouraged some drivers to switch to more fuel-efficient diesel-powered cars while other consumers limited their fuel consumption in favour of public transport, hampering industry revenue growth. IBISWorld anticipates that industry revenue will fall at a compound annual rate of 3.7% over the five years through 2016-17 to reach £18.2 billion. The largest product segments for operators are diesel and petrol... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Petrol stations are generally located close to population hubs, but also in areas that are useful to drivers such as motorway exits. Motorway service stations tend to be larger than other petrol stations and have a wide variety of services and additional shops attached to them.

The South East

The South East is forecast to account for the largest number of industry establishments, with an estimated 11.9% of the total. The South East is highly populous and has a high level of car ownership, which attracts operators to the area. According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the South East has the highest number of cars per person. Moreover, the region has a relatively high average household disposable income. Gen.. 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
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • 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... purchase to read more


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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
    PetrolDieselConvenience storesCar washes and other servicesAlternative fuels
    Industry Activities
    Fuel retailingRetailing convenience itemsProviding car-washing servicesRetailing oil-related products such as lubricants

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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
  • The influence of oil
  • Supermarkets dominate
  • Under pressure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • A smaller supply
  • Environmental concerns
  • The referendum effect
  • Profit performance
  • Table: Petrol Stations Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Petrol Stations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Freight Road Transport
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Fuel Wholesaling
  • Tobacco Product Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Diesel
  • Petrol
  • 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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Petrol Stations
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Petrol Stations Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Tesco Stores Limited
    Shell UK Ltd
    BP Oil UK Ltd
    Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
    Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
    Esso UK Limited
  • Table: Tesco Stores Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Shell UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: BP Oil UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc - financial performance
  • Table: Esso UK Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Petrol Stations Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Petrol Stations market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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