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Gas Stations & Truck Stops – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5541  |  NAICS 447190

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Gas Stations  (view report)
Gas Stations with Convenience Stores  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Retail Fuels Report

Annual report provides an overview of the retail fuel market, with topics covered in the report including how fuel retailers operate, benefits of being branded or unbranded, branded retailer contractual terms, types of branded retailers, key factors that impact retail prices, seasonal effects that cause prices to go up in spring and summer, and impact of credit and debit cards on fuel prices and gross margins.

Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America
SIGMA Statistical Report

Annual member survey provides a profile of the retail motor fuel industry from an independent operator standpoint, with topics covered in the survey including number of retail outlets by operating mode and type of outlet (e.g., c-store, truckstop, service station, cardlock), motor fuel sales by type of fuel (e.g., gasoline, diesel, E85), and percentage of total nonfuel sales (e.g., tobacco products, soft drinks, food).

Fuel Market News
FMN Magazine

Online news source and quarterly print publication features a wide range of fuel related news coverage, with topics covered from a retail operations standpoint including fuel management, forecourt marketing, fuel suppliers, delivery and storage infrastructure (e.g., tanks, pumps, piping, dispensers), point of sale systems, fleetcards, cardlock operations, back office solutions, facility security, and disaster recovery.

National Association of Truck Stop Owners
Resources available from this trade association include:

Industry News / NATSO News Weekly / Biz Brief
Industry news items section, NATSO News Weekly e-newsletter, and daily Biz Brief e-mail publication feature news and information on the latest trends, issues, and developments affecting the truck stop and travel plaza industry. Articles in the industry news section are available online, with the NATSO News Weekly e-newsletter and daily Biz Brief e-mail publication available to NATSO members only.

Stop Watch Magazine
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, with topics covered in various issues of the magazine including retailing tips, convenience store operations, quick-serve restaurant strategies, motivating employees, technology updates, and member profiles. Selected articles are available online, with full issues available to members only.

Truckstop Business
Truckstop business section features articles from Stop Watch Magazine and other sources dealing with various aspects of truckstop and travel plaza business operations, with articles categorized by topic into five categories (e.g., marketing/retailing, operations, leadership/strategy, human relations, and technology). Selected articles are available online, with remainder available to members only.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Gas Stations / Truck Stops  Search for "4471" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Gas Stations / Truck Stops  Search for "4471" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Gas Stations
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Gasoline Stations

Annual employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metro area basis for personnel employed by single-location or multi-location retail operations that primarily sell fuel for motor vehicles (e.g., gasoline, diesel fuel, E85, biodiesel) and may also offer other products and services such as food, beverages, car washes, and auto repair services.

PayScale, Inc.
Truck Stop or Travel Centers

Free online service provides salary and hourly wage data for job positions in this retail sector such as operations manager, service manager, diesel technician, shift supervisor, sales associate, and cashier, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Flying J Travel Plaza, LLC, Pilot Travel Centers, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, and TravelCenters of America.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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