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Petrol and diesel prices fall in June

Fuel pumps, petrol station pumps.

Diesel and petrol prices fell in June, bringing to an end four months of rising pump prices, but the RAC says that retailers could have gone further.

Data from the RAC shows that the average price of diesel dropped by 4.61p per litre from 135.51p to 130.90p – the ninth biggest monthly reduction in the price of a litre of diesel since 2000. Unleaded fell 3p from 130.67p to 127.62p.

However, it says that, despite the wholesale price of petrol in the first week of June reaching its lowest point since March (95.79p a litre), the pump price did not fall as far as it should have done.

In stark contrast, when the wholesale price was a similar level in March unleaded was being sold at 123p a litre – more than 4p cheaper than it was in the last 10 days of June.

“The reductions should have been greater based on the substantial decrease in the wholesale price,” said RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams.  

“Retailers were clearly banking on the oil price rebounding after its sudden drop which began at the end of May when a barrel was over $70.

“Inevitably this has meant bad news for drivers who have lost out with pump prices being 4p a litre more expensive than they should have been.

“Unfortunately, retailers’ hunch that oil would quickly increase again were right and now their prices are broadly where they should be based on the current wholesale price. They just happen to have made significant profits as a result of not passing on more of the savings to drivers than they did.”

Based on the average UK price of unleaded coming down by 3p a litre the cost of filling up a 55-litre family car fell by £1.68p to £70.19 by the end of June. The saving on a tank of diesel was greater at £2.54, down to £72.

Supermarket fuel prices

Looking at the average prices charged at the four big supermarkets there was a 6p a litre reduction in diesel, from 133p a litre down to 126.98p. With petrol, however, the cut was below the UK average at 2.67p, with a litre costing 124.08p by the close of June.

At the end of June Asda had the lowest priced petrol at its sites at 123.25p a litre – only slightly ahead of Tesco with an average of 123.65p. Asda also had the cheapest diesel at 124.70p with its next nearest competitor more than 2p a litre more expensive.

Oil rose nearly 5% (4.65%) from $63.28 to $66.22 and the pound gained 1% on the dollar finishing the month on $1.27, up from $1.26.

Williams said: “Drivers should take heart from the fact fuel prices have gone down in June, but it’s hard to see another drop materialising with OPEC and its partners extending their production cut until March 2020. On top of that there is also talk of a trade deal being struck between the United States and China allaying fears of a global economic slowdown which may have led to lower oil prices and in turn cheaper prices at the pump.

“If we get through July without petrol and diesel going up it will be a good result for drivers at the start of the summer holidays.”

Regional fuel price variation

Regional average unleaded pump prices

Unleaded

03/06/2019

30/06/2019

Change

UK average

130.67

127.62

-3.05

Scotland

130.86

126.98

-3.88

North East

130.05

126.73

-3.32

Wales

129.80

126.48

-3.32

East

131.01

127.70

-3.31

London

131.32

128.11

-3.21

South West

130.71

127.52

-3.19

Northern Ireland

128.92

125.78

-3.14

Yorkshire And The Humber

130.04

126.92

-3.12

East Midlands

130.64

127.60

-3.04

South East

131.51

128.49

-3.02

West Midlands

130.41

127.68

-2.73

North West

130.15

127.75

-2.40

Regional average diesel pump prices

Diesel

03/06/2019

30/06/2019

Change

UK average

135.51

130.90

-4.61

Scotland

135.61

130.23

-5.38

North East

134.49

129.36

-5.13

Wales

134.96

130.25

-4.71

East Midlands

135.81

131.11

-4.70

North West

135.29

130.65

-4.64

East

136.40

131.84

-4.56

South East

136.45

131.90

-4.55

South West

135.65

131.15

-4.50

London

135.64

131.17

-4.47

Yorkshire And The Humber

134.74

130.30

-4.44

Northern Ireland

132.56

128.16

-4.40

West Midlands

135.38

131.12

-4.26

 
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