April 11, 2018 / 10:35 AM / 11 days ago

India's fuel demand rose 7.2 percent in March

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s fuel demand rose 7.2 percent in March compared with the same month last year.

A vehicle waits to be filled up with diesel at a petrol station in New Delhi, India, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/File Photo

Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 18.62 million tonnes, data from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the oil ministry showed.

Sales of gasoline, or petrol, were 14.2 percent higher from a year earlier at 2.40 million tonnes.

Cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sales increased 8.8 percent to 2.06 million tonnes, while naphtha sales surged 2.7 percent to 1.13 million tonnes.

Sales of bitumen, used for making roads, were 5.8 percent up, while fuel oil use edged up 6.3 percent in March.

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