Sharp fall in petrol, diesel sales

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22 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The high cost of oil has led to a sharp fall in petrol sales in Belgium, the Belgian Petroleum Federation (BPF) said on Tuesday.

22 August 2006

BRUSSELS — The high cost of oil has led to a sharp fall in petrol sales in Belgium, the Belgian Petroleum Federation (BPF) said on Tuesday.

In the first four months of this year, motorists bought 505,600 ton (680 million litres) of petrol, 15 percent less than the same period last year.

The federation obtained the figures from the federal Economic Affairs Ministry, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported.
 
The figures also showed a 6 percent decline in diesel sales in the first four months of this year in comparison with last year.

The decline in both petrol and diesel sales indicates that Belgian motorists are more often opting against using the car as a means of transport.

It is also possible that Belgian residents are more frequently crossing the border to buy their fuel and foreigners are not buying fuel in Belgium due to the high prices.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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