In the the latest deal furthering consolidation in the UK fuel market, the Motor Fuel Group (MFG) announced its intention to acquire MRH, the country's largest independent forecourt operator, for £1.2 billion. If approved, this merger will create the UK's largest fuel retailer by site ownership with over 900 service stations under multiple brands. The deal would also see MFG rising to the second largest fuel retailer by volume, with combined sales of approximately 3.6 billion litres in 2017. The network operates at an average fuel throughput per site of around 4 million litres a year - in line with the UK average. But much of the value in this deal lies beyond the fuel pump. Our North West Europe Brent FCC gross refining margin fell sharply in March, driven by weak gasoline spreads, whereas Med Urals FCC gross refining margins remained flat. Retail fuel margins were stronger for gasoline in March, whereas diesel margins came under pressure from higher wholesale product prices.