Nearly half a billion fewer litres of petrol and diesel were sold between April and June than during the same period last year, says the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The reduction came despite a fall in fuel prices during the period.
It came after sales rose at the start of the year when the threat of a tanker drivers’ strike saw panic buying. Motoring organisation The AA said price rises since 2008 have contributed to a “steady decline” in the overall market.
The government figures show that more than 2 billion fewer litres of petrol and diesel were sold compared with the same period in 2008, before the recession. In the first half of this year, a total of 16.7 billion litres of fuel was sold on forecourts in the UK. This compares with total sales of nearly 19 billion litres between January and June 2008.
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