Canadians used more petroleum products than ever in the last reporting period, says Statistics Canada, but less regular unleaded gasoline:
Sales of refined petroleum products increased in five of the seven major product groups in December 2007 compared with December 2006.
Sales totalled 8 500 800 cubic metres, up 2.6% year-over-year. (One cubic metre is equivalent to 6.3 barrels.)
Heavy fuel oil sales showed the biggest increase, registering a gain of 132 900 cubic metres or 23.7%. Diesel fuel oil sales rose 6.0% or 122 100 cubic metres. Motor gasoline sales were up 2.5% or 85 300 cubic metres.
Sales of mid-grade gasoline (+14.7%) and premium gasoline (+3.2%) increased while regular non-leaded gasoline sales fell 2.6%.
Maybe drivers think more expensive gasoline will yield more efficiency?