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India's fuel demand rose 3.3% in July

A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters New Delhi Aug 10, 2019, 04.10 PM (IST)

India's fuel demand rose 3.3 per cent in July compared with the same month last year.

Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 17.58 million tonnes, data from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the oil ministry showed.

Sales of gasoline, or petrol, were 8.8 per cent higher than a year earlier at 2.52 million tonnes.

Cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sales increased by 9.0 per cent to 2.22 million tonnes, while naphtha sales fell 5.2 per cent to 1.22 million tonnes.

Sales of bitumen, used for making roads, were 36.4 per cent up, while fuel oil use edged up 8.3 per cent in July.