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UK petrol retailing; competitive rivalry and the decline of the oil majors in the twentieth century

Neil H. Ritson, Ian Byrne and David A. Cohen
UK petrol retailing; competitive rivalry and the decline of the oil majors in the twentieth century (in History of the European oil and gas industry, J. Craig (editor), F. Gerali (editor), F. MacAulay (editor) and R. Sorkhabi (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (April 2018) 465 (1): 25-38

Abstract

The development of the retail petroleum industry in the UK has received only sporadic attention by academics. This is curious, as the industry has vital importance to modern commerce. The industry is usually thought of as an oligarchy, with a small number of companies controlling the production and movement of products through vertical integration. However, there is evidence of change in the industry: there has been a significant number of exchanges of retailing sites between the major entities themselves, and a rise in the number and influence of competitors. These constitute both multiple retailers such as supermarket chains and, at the 'competitive fringe', a rise in the number of smaller independents. This paper identifies the historical changes and analyses the factors underlying them.


ISSN: 0305-8719
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 465
Serial Issue: 1
Title: UK petrol retailing; competitive rivalry and the decline of the oil majors in the twentieth century
Title: History of the European oil and gas industry
Author(s): Ritson, Neil H.Byrne, IanCohen, David A.
Author(s): Craig, J.editor
Author(s): Gerali, F.editor
Author(s): MacAulay, F.editor
Author(s): Sorkhabi, R.editor
Affiliation: Lincoln University, Department of Global Value Chains and Trade, Christchurch, New Zealand
Pages: 25-38
Published: 20180411
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 69
Accession Number: 2018-037322
Categories: Economic geology, economics of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
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Secondary Affiliation: National Energy Foundation, GBR, United Kingdom
Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201820
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