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India’s daily gasoline sales in Feb rise 1.5% y/y, diesel sales fall 5.3% – prelim data

A worker pumps fuel at a petrol station at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh March 24, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Indian state refiners’ daily gasoline sales in February rose by 1.5% from a year earlier, its slowest pace of growth in six months, preliminary industry data showed, as record-high retail prices hit consumption.



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State-refiners’ daily diesel sales, which are related closely to economic growth and account for about 40% of overall refined fuel sales in India, fell by 5.3% in February, the largest decline in three months, the data showed.

Gasoline and gasoil prices in India have risen to record highs, mirroring global markets. Taxes account for about 61% of retail gasoline prices and about 56% of diesel prices.

State fuel retailers sold 2.22 million tonnes of gasoline and 5.81 million tonnes of diesel last month, the data provided by an industry source showed.

State companies – Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL.NS) and Bharat Petroleum (BPCL.NS) – own about 90% of India’s retail fuel outlets.

Rising diesel and petrol prices could push up inflation, making it harder for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to continue its accommodative monetary policy.

“Pump prices of petrol and diesel have reached historical highs. An unwinding of taxes on petroleum products by both the centre and the states could ease the cost push pressures,” the RBI said in its policy document last month.

State retailers sold 2.26 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas last month, 11.4% higher than last year, while jet fuel sales declined by 38.5% as curbs on air travel remained in place, the data showed.


March 1, 2021

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