September 11, 2019 / 8:45 AM / 3 months ago

India's fuel demand rises 2.8% year-on-year in August, at nine-month low

A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/Files

(Reuters) - India’s fuel demand rose 2.8% in August compared with the same month last year, but were at their lowest level in nine months.

Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totaled 17.04 million tonnes, its lowest since last November, data from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the oil ministry showed on Wednesday.

Sales of gasoline, or petrol, were 8.9% higher from a year earlier at 2.57 million tonnes.

Diesel sales fell 1.1% to 6.12 million tonnes, its first year-on-year percentage decline in nine months.

Cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sales surged 13% to 2.40 million tonnes, while naphtha sales increased 3.7% to 1.15 million tonnes.

Sales of bitumen, used for making roads, were up 23.8%, while fuel oil use edged lower 15.9% in August.

India revised down its fuel consumption for July to 17.68 million tonnes, an increase of 3.9% from the previous year, its biggest year-on-year percentage gain since January.

Reporting by K. Sathya Narayanan in Bengaluru, editing by Deepa Babington

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