Poor ExxonMobile. They are selling 2,220 gas stations citing the low profits the stations produce. Even with gas at $4 a gallon, the company cites poor performance and low profits the reason they will dump the gas stations. Most of the stations are located in either California or New York.

According to this article, it states:

The nation’s largest oil company, which earned nearly $41 billion last year, says it will sell more than 2,000 stations over the next few years.

“The fuels marketing sector is a very challenging market,” ExxonMobil spokesperson Prem Nair said, adding that the company is feeling particular pressure from hypermarkets like Wal-Mart that sell gasoline.

ExxonMobil plans to sell 820 owned and operated stations as well as 1,400 stations leased to dealers. The 2,220 stations make up about 1/5 of the Exxon and Mobil stations in the United States. The company says the stations to be sold will continue to sell ExxonMobil product.

“As the highly competitive fuels marketing business in the U.S. continues to evolve, we believe this transition is the best way for ExxonMobil to compete and grow in the future,” said Ben Soraci, U.S. director of retail sales for ExxonMobil.

Is there something wrong with this picture? When you make $41Billion dollars do you really expect the public to buy this line of BS?

What do you think? Is it just me, or is there something rotten going on here?

Comments welcome.