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India’s Feb first-half gasoil, gasoline sales pick up as COVID-19 curbs ease

NEW DELHI: India’s gasoil and gasoline sales rebounded within the first fortnight of February from the earlier month, indicating a restoration in industrial and client demand as states lifted many of the COVID-19 induced restrictions.

States in India have opened colleges and schools, and eased night-curfews amongst different curbs, after a pointy decline in infections.

Gasoil sales by the nation’s state gasoline retailers amounted to 2.65 million tonnes throughout Feb 1 to Feb 15, information compiled by state-owned refiners confirmed, up 6.7 per cent from the identical interval final month, the information confirmed.

Gasoil sales had been nevertheless down by 6.95 per cent from a 12 months in the past and by 14.7 per cent from the identical interval in 2020.

“Cargo movment remains brisk with 5 to 10 per cent more despatch from factory gates across the country,” mentioned S.P. Singh, senior fellow at Indian Foundation for Transport Research and Training.

He mentioned client spending and the motion of varied items such as electronics, cement and metals had been bouyant on account of marriage ceremony season.

Sales of gasoil, which account for about two-fifths of India’s general refined gasoline consumption, are instantly linked to industrial exercise in Asia’s third-largest financial system.

Gasoline sales throughout Feb 1 to Feb 15 was at 1.04 million tonnes, up 7.3 per cent from the primary fortnight of January and 0.1 per cent from a 12 months in the past, as folks continued to choose utilizing private autos over public transport for security causes, the information confirmed.

State retailers Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd personal about 90 per cent of the nation’s retail gasoline shops.

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