Petrol price cut by 78 paise

Petrol price cut by 78 paise

India’s largest fuel retailer, Indian Oil Corporation, said in a statement, the reduction was possible as the decline in international rates of the fuel outweighed the drop in the rupee. “The combined impact of the two factors is an over-recovery of Rs 0.65 per litre (excluding taxes),” the statement said.

The price of petrol averaged about $109 a barrel in the second fortnight of November, over 5 per cent less than the $114.14 a barrel in the previous 15 days. The last time the OMCs had cut petrol price was on November 16. The reduction was by Rs 1.82 a litre.

Petrol has a 1.09 per cent weighting in the overall wholesale price index basket and a price cut by Rs 1.80 a litre means easing of headline inflation by 0.27 percentage point.

The reduction in price has come in spite of a drop in rupee against the dollar in past two days and firmed up crude prices in the global market. Oil firms were expected to slash prices by Re 1 a litre, but expensive rupee vis-à-vis dollar in the past couple of days may have held them back, oil experts say.

Petrol price in City
Old Rate:      74.36
New Rate:     73.51

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