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High Prices Hurt Fuel Sales And Demand In April: Preliminary Data

Gas gross sales fall in April on excessive costs

New Delhi:

India’s gas gross sales fell within the first half of April as a report rise in costs in a brief 16-day interval dented demand, based on preliminary trade knowledge on Saturday.

Petrol gross sales fell nearly 10 per cent within the first half of April in contrast with the identical interval within the previous month, whereas diesel demand slid 15.6 per cent.

Even cooking gasoline LPG, which had persistently proven development through the pandemic, noticed a 1.7 per cent month-on-month fall in consumption throughout April 1-15.

State-owned oil corporations, on March 22, ended a 137-day hiatus in fee revision and started passing on a $30 per barrel improve in the price of uncooked materials (crude oil) throughout that interval when 5 states, together with Uttar Pradesh, went to polls.

Petrol and diesel costs rose by Rs 10 per litre between March 22 and April 6 — the very best ever improve throughout 16 days since gas costs had been deregulated twenty years again.

On March 22, cooking gasoline costs too had been hiked by Rs 50 per cylinder to Rs 949.50 — the highest-ever fee for the subsidised gas.

Jet gas costs too climbed to the highest-ever Rs 1,13,202.33 per kilolitre, leading to a 20.5 per cent fall in gross sales month-on-month.

Within the first two weeks of March, sellers and the general public topped up their tanks in anticipation of a rise in costs that had been on maintain within the run-up to the elections in states like Uttar Pradesh.

Whereas every day value revisions restarted on March 22, the will increase had been calibrated. The value will increase moderated the consumption.

Petrol gross sales by state-owned gas retailers, which management roughly 90 per cent of the market, at 1.12 million tonnes throughout April 1-15 had been practically 12.1 per cent increased than the identical interval final 12 months and 19.6 per cent increased than the interval in 2019, preliminary trade knowledge confirmed.

Nonetheless, the consumption was 9.7 per cent decrease than the 1.24 million tonnes of gross sales in the identical interval in March 2022.

Diesel, the most-used gas within the nation, noticed gross sales leaping 7.4 per cent year-on-year to nearly 3 million tonnes.

This was 4.8 per cent increased than gross sales in March 2019 however 15.6 per cent decrease than 3.53 million tonnes of consumption throughout March 1-15.

Petrol and diesel gross sales had risen 18 per cent and 23.7 per cent, respectively, within the first half of March, when a lot of the hoarding on value hike expectations occurred.

Diesel gross sales throughout March had been probably the most in any month within the final two years and greater than the overall quantity of diesel bought in April 2020 when the nation was beneath an entire lockdown.

Business sources stated whereas there was panic shopping for by particular person car house owners within the first half of March, petrol pump sellers topped up their storage tanks and any cell browser or tanker truck that they had.

The sellers hoped to make a fast buck by shopping for gas at a decrease fee and promoting at revised increased costs. As costs had been raised, consumption fell.

Petrol and diesel costs hit the freeze button simply as electioneering in 5 states, together with Uttar Pradesh, picked up in early November 2021.

The report 137-day freeze ended on March 22.

Jet gas (ATF) gross sales rose 9.8 per cent to 231,400 tonnes from April 1-15 however had been 25.9 per cent lower than pre-COVID ranges of 2019. Nonetheless, the gross sales had been 1.7 per cent lower than 235,400 tonnes gross sales within the first half of March 2022.

ATF gross sales are anticipated to select up with the whole opening up of air journey final week.

India went in for an entire lockdown, stopping flights, halting rail and street actions and shutting companies within the final week of March 2020 to include the unfold of coronavirus. The March 2020 interval was close to regular as COVID restrictions had been kicking in.

The federal government gave unrestrained LPG cylinders in 2020 to assist the poor combat the fallout of the stringent lockdown. This helped state oil corporations register development month after month, at the same time as different transport fuels noticed extreme demand contraction.

However within the first half of April, LPG consumption fell 0.7 per cent year-on-year to 1.02 million tonnes. This was 4 per cent decrease than April 2020 and 20.5 per cent decrease than the 1.3 million tonnes demand from March 1-15, 2022.

Cooking gasoline gross sales moderated after a Rs 50 per cylinder hike on March 22. LPG gross sales had risen by 17 per cent within the first half of March.

However in comparison with the primary fortnight of April 2019, the info confirmed that the gross sales had been up 16.5 per cent. 

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