Saudi fuel retailer, UAE firm in deal for service stations

Updated 29 August 2012

Saudi fuel retailer, UAE firm in deal for service stations

DUBAI: Emirates National Oil Co. (Enoc) has teamed up with Saudi fuel retailer Aldrees to build at least 40 service stations in the Kingdom, the companies said.
Enoc has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Aldrees Petroleum, which enjoys healthy sales margins thanks to plentiful supplies from Saudi Aramco, to increase its revenues abroad.
“We make good returns on the nonfuel business but it doesn’t compensate for the losses that we have,” Burhan Al Hashemi, managing director of Enoc Retail, said at a signing ceremony in Dubai.
“So that’s why for the whole organization is to go outside and explore new markets.”
Abdulelah Saad Aldrees, the head of Aldrees Petroleum, said Aldrees buys 91 octane gasoline for SR 0.36 a liter and sells it at SR0.45. It pays SR 0.51 for 95 octane gasoline and sells it at SR 0.60, he said. The higher octane gasoline costs about SR1.75 in the UAE.
Aldrees operates more than 450 filling stations in Saudi Arabia, and the partners plan to build at least 40 more in the first phase the AED 400 million investment plan.
 


Japan’s capital sees prices fall most in over 8 years as COVID-19 pain persists

Updated 2 min 3 sec ago

Japan’s capital sees prices fall most in over 8 years as COVID-19 pain persists

  • Tokyo core CPI marks biggest annual drop since May 2012
  • Data suggests nationwide consumer prices to stay weak

* Nov Tokyo core CPI -0.7% yr/yr, matches forecast
* Tokyo core CPI marks biggest annual drop since May 2012
* Data suggests nationwide consumer prices to stay weak (Adds analyst quote, background)
By Leika Kihara
TOKYO, Nov 27 : Core consumer prices in Tokyo suffered their biggest annual drop in more than eight years, data showed on Friday, an indication the hit to consumption from the coronavirus crisis continued to heap deflationary pressure on the economy.
The data, which is considered a leading indicator of nationwide price trends, reinforces market expectations that inflation will remain distant from the Bank of Japan’s 2% target for the foreseeable future.
“Consumer prices will continue to hover on a weak note as any economic recovery will be moderate,” said Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, which expects nationwide core consumer prices to fall 0.5% in the fiscal year ending March 2021.
The core consumer price index (CPI) for Japan’s capital, which includes oil products but excludes fresh food prices, fell 0.7% in November from a year earlier, government data showed, matching a median market forecast.
It followed a 0.5% drop in October and marked the biggest annual drop since May 2012, underscoring the challenge policymakers face in battling headwinds to growth from COVID-19.
The slump in fuel costs and the impact of a government campaign offering discounts to domestic travel weighed on Tokyo consumer prices, the data showed.
Japan’s economy expanded in July-September from a record post-war slump in the second quarter, when lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the virus cooled consumption and paralyzed business activity.
Analysts, however, expect any recovery to be modest with a resurgence in global and domestic infections clouding the outlook, keeping pressure on policymakers to maintain or even ramp up stimulus.