India’s fuel demand recovery remained patchy in August as petrol consumption continued to rise but diesel sales fell, preliminary data from state fuel retailers showed on Wednesday.
State-owned fuel retailers sold 2.43 million tonne of petrol in August, up 13.6% from August 2020. It was 4.1% higher than pre-COVID sales of 2.33 million tonne in August 2019.
Sales of diesel — the most used fuel — rose 15.9% to 4.94 million tonne during August over the previous year, but was down 9.8% from August 2019. Diesel consumption was 8% lower than pre-COVID levels in first half of August.
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