September 14, 2018 / 8:46 AM / 9 days ago

India's fuel demand rose 0.8 percent in August

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s fuel demand rose 0.8 percent in August compared with the same month last year.

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

Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 16.60 million tonnes, data from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the oil ministry showed.

Sales of gasoline, or petrol, were 7.8 percent higher from a year earlier at 2.36 million tonnes.

Cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sales increased 2.8 percent to 2.11 million tonnes, while naphtha sales surged 1.1 percent to 1.09 million tonnes.

Sales of bitumen, used for making roads, were 18.9 percent up, while fuel oil use edged up 8.3 percent in August.

Reporting by NEW DELHI newsroom

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