Gasoline sales in the UK reached pre-pandemic levels

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LONDON – UK demand for street fuel – mostly gasoline and diesel – has returned to pre-pandemic levels, official data released Thursday showed after the country eased coronavirus-related restrictions following a successful vaccination program.

Fuel consumption fell sharply in March 2020 when the UK government announced strict restrictions on movement.

Data released by the Department for the Economy, Energy and Industrial Strategy showed that daily average street fuel sales at selected gas stations in the UK exceeded 20,000 liters at the end of May, the highest since February 2020.

The price of unleaded gasoline in the UK has hit the highest price since August 2019, at 129 pence per liter, according to the RAC Foundation. The price for the diesel pump is around 131.50 per liter.

Starting May 17, people in England were allowed to meet inside for the first time in months, and pubs, cafes and restaurants were allowed to take customers inside.

Diesel sales slumped last year from 12,000 liters per day at the sample filling stations in mid-March to 1,400 liters a month later, while gasoline sales fell from 7,000 to 1,100 liters in the same period.

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