Maybe price does matter

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?

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One response to “Maybe price does matter

  1. Funny, considering the energy content of the lower grade fuel is higher.

    Maybe it was just cold weather.

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