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Petrol sales suffer 'huge drop'

Petrol sales have plummeted in the last five years, the AA have said.

In 2007, forecourts sold 22.87 billion litres of petrol but the annual figure had slid to 17.42 billion litres by 2012, Government statistics have highlighted.

Petrol sales have dropped in the last five years, the AA have said. Credit: PA

Diesel sales, though, have risen slightly over the last five years, going up from 14.80 billion litres in 2007 to 16.73 billion litres in 2012.

Looking at the most recent years, the figures showed that the 2012 petrol total of 17.42 billion litres compared with 18.27 billion litres in 2011.

Diesel sales rose from 16.24 billion litres in 2011 to the 2012 figure of 16.73 billion.

Taking petrol and diesel sales together, fuel stations sold 37.67 billion litres of fuel in 2007 but only 34.16 billion litres in 2012.

The AA said that the decrease was equivalent to 35 days of fuel sales being lost since the start of the credit crunch.

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AA: Drivers continue to be short-changed on fuel

The AA have said that drivers and businesses are still being short-changed, despite the threat of an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation of the road fuel market.

Drivers and businesses are still being short-changed, the AA have warned Credit: REUTERS

On average, the cheapest petrol at the moment is in Yorkshire and Humberside (134.3p a litre) and the most expensive is in south-east England at 135.7p.

Yorkshire and Humberside also has the cheapest diesel (141.0p) with Northern Ireland the most expensive (142.6p).

Petrol prices condemned despite fall

The AA have condemned fuel prices despite the fall Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Petrol prices have fallen but drivers are still being short-changed, according to the AA.

Average petrol prices have gone down from 138.95p a litre in mid October to 135.08p now, with diesel dropping from 143.74p a litre to 141.89p.

But the fall in wholesale petrol prices across Europe should have knocked UK pump prices down by 10p to 11p a litre, the AA said.

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