India state retailers gasoil sales rose in April m/m

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Oil tankers are seen parked at a yard outside a fuel depot on the outskirts of Kolkata

By Nidhi Verma

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian state fuel retailers' gasoil sales rose in April from the previous month, preliminary sales data showed, indicating a pick up in economic activity.

Daily sales of gasoil rose by 4.8% to 238,500 tonnes in April compared with March, the data showed.

Gasoil accounts for about two-fifths of refined fuel consumption in India and is directly linked to industrial activity

India's factory activity expanded at its quickest pace in more than four months in April to 57.2, driven by solid growth in new orders and output, the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index compiled by S&P Global showed on Monday.

Gasoil is mainly used by trucks, while gasoline is used in passenger vehicles.

State fuel retailers' daily gasoline sales declined 0.5% to 88,200 tonnes, the data showed.

State-run retailers and refiners- Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum - own about 90% of India's retail fuel outlets.

Below is a table of Indian state refiners' preliminary daily fuel sales data with volumes in thousand tonnes.

Refined fuels Apr. %Chg %Chg %Chg vs

2023 mth/mth yr/yr 2021

Gasoline 88.2 2.5 23.5


Gasoil 238.5 6.7 21.0


Jet Fuel 19.9 -3.1 15.4 53.3

Liquefied Petroleum Gas 73.1 -8.1 -2.7 4.1

(This story has been officially corrected to change the monthly percentage throughout)

(Reporting by Nidhi Verma, Editing by Louise Heavens)