This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed Jun 30, 2005.
OIL PRODUCT SALES
As of December 31, 2004, our sales network in Brazil included 6,785 active and non-active retail service stations compared to 7,000 as of December 31, 2003, and comprised approximately 24% of the total number of service stations in Brazil, all under the brand name BR. Over 63% of these BR stations are located in the South and Southeast regions of Brazil, where over 59% of Brazils total population of 170 million reside. Of these 6,785 service stations, 5,047 were active stations and BR owned 631. As required under Brazilian law, BR subcontracts the operation of all its service stations to third parties. The other 6,154 service stations were owned and operated by dealers, who use the BR brand name under license with BR facilities as their exclusive suppliers. BR provides technical support, training and advertising for its network of service stations.
In 2004, 245 of our service stations also sold vehicular natural gas, compared to 204 in 2003 and 170 in 2002. The sales from these stations consisted of 15,005 million cubic feet (425 million cubic meters) in 2004, representing 27% of Brazilian market share, 14,554 million cubic feet (412 million cubic meters) in 2003, representing 31.2% of Brazilian market share and 13,245 million cubic feet (375 million cubic meters) in 2002, representing 60.6% of Brazilian market share.
The table below sets forth market share (based on volume) for retail sales of different products in Brazil for each of 2004, 2003 and 2002: