Slightly moving away from 'supermarket' filling stations, but it has to be remembered that many of the 'branded' outlets are in fact franchises.
These outlets pay a price for their fuel from their supplier which is dependent upon the volume they buy, so its not that surprising to see why certain economies of scale exist due to the bulk-buying power of a supermarket chain, versus a solitary outlet in a village somewhere near the back of beyond.
The VAT & duty is the real
problem here. As Don quite rightly states, the government takes more per litre than the companies who assume the risk in finding, drilling, pumping , distributing & refining
- how is that 'right'? What do the government expect us to think/do?
To my mind, people are more price-sensitive than ever (hence why websites such as www.petrolprices.com
exist, in addition to all those comparison sites). Sadly, there always seems to be a 'good reason' (global demand, dwindling supplies, trouble in the Middle East, global warming/climate change) - insert any/all of the aforementioned; to keep increasing prices - but none to actually reduce the tax burden (which escalates the figure ever higher).
Just my POV.