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Aug 12 2019
Low Price, High Volume Credo
NEW ERA FOR MURPHY USA EMERGING
Station Population

Market Share

Retail Price
Murphy USA is growing its station count and store size, keen on reversing recent foot traffic atrophy while retaining its low-price, high-volume credo. Six years on from spinoff, the retailer is facing new challenges after a fallout with Walmart. This report tracks ten years of vital Murphy statistics including fuel sales, throughput, and margin and measures Murphy USA's street price position in three key markets.
Jul 30 2019
(Still) Pregnant With Potential
WALMART'S THIRD DECADE IN GASOLINE
Station Population

Market Share

Retail Price
Walmart gasoline debuted 23 years ago and has gone through many fits and starts ever since. Through it all, the world's top retailer has amassed a 4.1% share of the U.S. gasoline market and has plans to grow it further. This, despite kicking its long time partner, Murphy, to the curb. This report examines Walmart's ever changing gasoline channels and features its retail price discount in three cities.
Jul 10 2019
Shortage or Surplus?
REFINERS' BRANDED SUPPLY LIABILITIES 2019
Refining/Supply/Demand



Four of the biggest refiners are short in refining capacity to supply their branded retail outlets. Three have moderate surpluses. Two have considerable overcapacity to do so. For measurement of this aspect of supplier clout we examine retail throughputs, station counts, and refining capacities for each of nine refiners.
Jun 24 2019
Motorist = Government Cash Cow
RECORD HIGH GASOLINE TAX
Retail Prices

Taxes

Regulations
Gasoline tax collections will set an all-time record high this year thanks to massive tax hikes in several states. In Illinois it will double. This report details gasoline tax regimes across the nation with a special focus on the nation's most punitive, California, where motorists are now forced to fork over more than $1 per gallon in gasoline tax.
Jun 14 2019
Quantifying The Flipside Of Branded Supply
UNBRANDED GASOLINE SALES POTENTIALS
Refining/Supply/Demand



This report ranks the potential for unbranded gasoline sales by U.S. refiners. Branded station counts and their throughputs are measured against gasoline production for a look at what volumes may be left over for sale into the unbranded market. This unique study, the first that we know of using this method, reveals Valero and Phillips66 are in a league of their own.
May 23 2019
Ford's White Flag Punctuates
HOW VEHICLE FLEET IS FEEDING GASOLINE SALES
Fleet



Dramatic changes in vehicle sales trends are supporting long term gasoline demand. Volt is kaput, Prius sales crash, and Ford decides to halt production of virtually all its cars. EPA is about to freeze mileage mandates. Nearly seven of every ten new vehicles sold are now SUVs and trucks. Statistics on cars, SUVs, and the role of gasoline price are featured in this study.
May 15 2019
Advance of an Icon
7-ELEVEN'S PUSH NOW MORE GASOLINE-CENTRIC
Mergers/Acquisitions

Market Share

The quintessential C-store brand, 7-Eleven, has boosted its outlet count, its gasoline market share, and its territory, thanks especially to taking a big bite of Sunoco assets last year. Herein are updated statistics and a spotlight on superior store sales in a large metro market.
Apr 29 2019
When, and Why, Will It End?
DIAGNOSING SPRING 2019'S PUMP PRICE RUNUP
Retail Prices

Wholesale Prices

The retail price of gasoline is up 60ยข gal. so far this year as idled refining capacity meets with crude oil price recovery. However, after a sharp hike, racks have leveled off and begun falling. From here, even a slow recovery in capacity utilization will allow for a quick recovery in supply and easing of pump prices.
Apr 22 2019
Stratifying the U.S. Station Population By Class of Trade
TOP SHARE HELD BY MAJOR-BRANDED OPEN DEALERS
Station Population



Open contract dealerships, major- and non-major branded, strongly dominate over lessees and company-run operations in the U.S. station network, this national study reveals. They are nearly half of all stations. Herein we report the latest U.S. breakout by class of retail trade and zoom in on three metro markets: Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Dallas.
Mar 21 2019
Factors Are Auguring An Encore
2018 GASOLINE DEMAND ANOTHER RECORD HIGH
Demand



Expanding six years in a row, U.S. gasoline demand managed to break its all-time record again in 2018 thanks to employment growth and more motorists. This has not caused the U.S. government and others to adjust long held dire forecasts (which were once again proved wrong in 2018). Tail winds and head winds directing the gasoline consumption trend are highlighted in this report.
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