India’s fuel sales moderate in April, fall 4% MoM at 18.6 mn tonnes

(Reuters) – India’s fuel consumption moderated and slipped 4% in April from the earlier month, knowledge confirmed on Tuesday, as elevated home costs slowed exercise in the world’s third greatest oil shopper.

Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totaled 18.64 million tonnes, knowledge from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the oil ministry confirmed

This was a slight retreat from the 19.41 million tonnes in March, a three-year excessive, when petrol sales hit an all-time peak, because the market collected provides foreseeing value spikes whereas easing COVID-related curbs boosted demand.

But possible weighing on consumption since then, home costs for petrol and diesel, linked to worldwide costs of the 2 fuels that directionally observe will increase in crude oil costs, have remained elevated.

Global benchmark oil costs posted a month-to-month rise in April, buoyed by considerations over lesser Russian provide following its invasion of Ukraine. [O/R]

India’s retail inflation possible rose to an 18-month excessive in April, largely pushed by rising fuel and meals costs as per a Reuters ballot.

Demand in April did present an increase of about 12% from the identical interval in 2021, when financial exercise in the nation was nonetheless in the grips of the second wave of the COVID pandemic.

Sales of gasoline, or petrol, have been 3.8% decrease from a month in the past at 2.80 million tonnes.

Cooking gasoline or liquefied petroleum gasoline (LPG) sales decreased 12.9% to 2.16 million tonnes from March, whereas naphtha sales fell 4.5% to 1.06 million tonnes from a month in the past.

Sales of bitumen, used for making roads, have been 15.5% decrease, whereas fuel oil use superior 8.6% in April.


(Reporting by Roshan Abraham in Bengaluru; Editing by David Gregorio)

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