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2013 NACS Retail Fuels Report

The NACS Retail Fuels Report, now in its 12th year, explains market conditions that affect gas prices - and what to watch for in 2013.

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These resources help facilitate an open discussion about the issues impacting supply, distribution and the future of fuels. Download complete report here.
Consumer Research
Consumer Perceptions
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What are consumer perceptions about fuel retailers, as well as on alternative fuels?

Price-Sensitive Customers
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New insights on how consumers buy fuel and what retailers do to capture more sales at the pump.


Consumer Fuels Survey Results
What consumers think about gas prices and the economy.
January 2013 Febuary 2013 March 2013
April 2013 May 2013 June 2013
July 2013 August 2013 September 2013
October 2013 November 2013 December 2013
January 2014
Fuel and Pricing
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No matter who owns the station, retail fuels prices are ultimately determined by four sets of costs.
Why Prices Historically Go Up in the Spring
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There are several factors that can affect retail fuels prices.
Why Diesel Costs More than Gasoline
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The change in market dynamics is a function of four broad factors.

Retail Operations
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C-stores sell 80% of the gasoline in the United States -- most are one-store businesses.

How Branded Stations Operate
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That branded station on the corner is almost certainly owned and operated by an independent dealer.

Challenges Remain Before E15 Usage Is Widespread
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Sales remain light as retailers review how E15 could fit in their portfolio.

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What caused severe post-storm fuel outages, and can they be solved?
Future of Fuels 2013
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NACS publishes its analysis of fuels data through 2040.
Summertime: When the Livin’ Is Easy…. and MPG May Increase
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There is a lesser-known benefit for drivers in the summer: increased fuel efficiency.

Statistics and Historical Context
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C-stores sell 80% of the motor fuels purchased in the United States; essential facts about fuels retailing.
Why Is Gas Priced Using Fractions of a Penny?
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Gas prices that end in 9/10th of a cent are standard practice today. 
History of Gasoline Retailing
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Many significant events and innovations that have shaped the fuels retailing industry.
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Current information about motor fuels demand, supply, refining, distribution and retail operations.

Tools for Retailers

NACS Magazine provides in-depth analysis of many issues related to fueling.
Other Resources

Gasoline Myths - and Facts
A few of the more common myths - and the actual facts - about gasoline.

Online Resources on Gasoline Prices
Websites and resources providing additional information.

Contact Information
Reporters can access NACS media contacts. Also, retailers are encouraged to provide feedback to help NACS address the issues of most concern to you.

Multimedia Features  


U.S. Gasoline Infrastructure (Interactive Map)
When events like hurricanes or refinery breakdowns occur in one region, there is a ripple effect throughout the rest of the country. See how supply and distribution flows in your region.



Where Does Your Fill-Up Go?


Boutique Fuel Requirements


Taxes by State

The vast majority of the fuels distributed in the United State travels via pipelines. These interactive widgets show how the network of pipelines moves product. (Graphics provided courtesy of the American Petroleum Institute and Association of Oil Pipe Lines):

  • Pipeline Transport
    A complex network of 200,000 miles of pipelines delivers crude oil from offshore platforms through to refineries and terminals and ultimately the end user, whether manufacturers, airports, the corner store or your home. Learn more.
  • Petroleum Products Batching
    Dozens of different fuels travel through the same pipelines in a process known as "batching." Learn more..

The NACS "Getting Answers" videos address common consumer questions about fuels, while the "Future of Fuels" videos examine the factors that could affect the petroleum markets. Click on the appropriate tab to watch either video series.