sales of refined petroleum products
A 3.4% decline in the
sales of refined petroleum products in June, compared with the same month
in 2007, was led by lower demand for motor gasoline and diesel fuel oil. This
was the second consecutive month of a year-over-year decline in sales for motor
gasoline and diesel fuel oil.
Refined petroleum product
sales totalled 8,372.4 thousand cubic metres, down 294.4 thousand cubic metres
from June 2007. Sales decreased in five of the seven major product groups. Heavy
fuel oil and aviation turbo fuels were the only products to post modest
increases. (One cubic metre equals 1,000 litres.)
Motor gasoline sales in June totalled 3.5 million cubic metres, 4.5%
or 165.1 thousand cubic metres below the same month a year earlier. Regular
unleaded, which accounted for 91% of all grades, slipped 3.3%. Diesel fuel oil
sales totalled 2.2 million cubic metres, down 3.6% or 81.6 thousand cubic metres
below June 2007.