India’s diesel sales fell 5 per cent in the primary half of November in comparison with the earlier yr, trade knowledge confirmed on Monday, after rising for the primary time in eight months in October.
Sale of diesel, essentially the most used gasoline in the nation, was, nonetheless, 7 per cent greater month-on-month.
Between November 1 and 15, diesel consumption was 2.86 million tonnes, down from 3.01 million tonnes in the identical interval a yr again. It was, nonetheless, greater than the two.65 million tonnes demand throughout the first half of October.
Petrol sales rose marginally to 1.03 million tonnes from 1.02 million tonnes, whereas cooking gasoline (LPG) sales for the primary time this yr fell by 2 per cent to 1.07 million tonnes.
Aviation turbine gasoline (ATF) sales fell 53 per cent year-on-year to 155,000 tonnes however have been 1.3 per cent greater month-on-month.
The whole demand for petroleum merchandise rose 2.5 per cent in October to achieve 17.77 million tonnes. While petrol had reached pre-COVID levels in September itself, diesel consumption had returned to regular final month.
Diesel demand spurted 7.4 per cent year-on-year to six.5 million tonnes whereas petrol sales have been up 4.5 per cent at 2.54 million tonnes.
The progress in diesel consumption was the very best in a yr.
Industry sources stated month-on-month diesel sales has risen in November, which is an effective signal.
Fuel demand had slumped by 49 per cent in April after a nationwide lockdown, imposed to curb the unfold of coronavirus, shut industries and took most autos off-road.
The 69-day nationwide lockdown was adopted by native and state-level restrictions. Restrictions have eased solely slowly and in phases, and localised restrictions in containment zones stay.
The onset of the festive season has fuelled an increase in consumption however public transport shouldn’t be again to regular levels but as faculties and academic establishments proceed to stay shut in most elements of the nation.