Running out: Gas Stations in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated

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As disposable income and employment levels increase, more people will take to the road, boosting demand for gas stations; still, consumers will increasingly favor gas stations with on-site convenience stores. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Gas Stations industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Despite higher demand, the industry will lose customers to gas outlets with on-site stores

The Gas Stations industry is expected to generate revenue of about $136.9 billion in 2013 after annualized revenue growth of 0.7% over the five years to 2013. Overall, though, lower sales volumes offset the higher gas prices that favor the Gas Stations industry's revenue growth. “During the recession, consumers pulled back on expenses and drove fewer miles, leading to the lower sales volumes,” IBISWorld industry analyst Antonio Danova says. In turn, major oil companies, which own a substantial share of industry locations, shut down or sold locations to focus on high-profit regions. This reorganization has hampered the potential for faster revenue growth. However, a resurgent postrecession market has fostered consecutive years of growth, with an expected revenue increase of 0.8% in 2013.

Even with recent significant activity from key downstream markets, the industry is losing sales to its larger sister industry, the Gas Stations with Convenience Stores industry (IBISWorld report 44711). “Consumers are increasingly favoring gas stations with on-site convenience stores,” Danova says. Likewise, gas station owners prefer having convenience stores on-site because they provide products that typically have higher profit margins per purchase than gas. On-site convenience stores also benefit owners because marked-up pricing on convenience items tend to pad profit margins. Additionally, convenience store products experience less volatility and, therefore, provide steady income for operators. The shift among consumers and owners to gas stations with convenience stores has dampened the Gas Stations industry's prospects for the next five years.

Concentration in the Gas Stations industry is low, as the top four major companies in the industry (Royal Dutch/Shell Group, BP PLC, Chevron Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Company) account for roughly 29.5% of revenue. The large size of the US market (both in terms of volume and sheer area) contributes to the relatively low concentration. Although some industry participants have nationwide coverage, others are active only in specific regions. For example, one of the industry's largest players, ChevronTexaco, has the bulk of its gas stations in the South, Southwest and West regions of the country.

Industry revenue is highly sensitive to trends in oil prices, which depend on global supply and demand. Oil prices are forecast to increase over the five years to 2018 as the pace of global economic growth picks up, with growth in demand outpacing growth in supply. Customers will absorb price increases as they return to the road and consumer spending rises. During this period, higher oil prices will flow through to gas pricing and drive industry revenue up. However, the industry is still anticipated to remain in the decline phase of its life cycle as more consumers and businesses choose gas stations with convenience stores than those without. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Gas Stations in the US industry report page.

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This industry comprises gasoline stations that retail automotive fuels, offer repair services and sell replacement parts and accessories. Gas stations that operate with a convenience store on the premises are included in a different industry, Gas Stations with Convenience Stores (IBISWorld report 44711).
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