Tag: petrol

Sheila McNulty

The rise in US crude oil prices has been pushing petrol up toward $4 a gallon – a level analysts note has historically led to a drop in consumer demand. The current national average price of petrol is just under there, according to the Daily Fuel Gauge Report by AAA, America’s largest motoring and leisure travel membership organization.

John Felmy, economist at the American Petroleum Institute, the national industry trade association, said the last time crude oil prices were hitting these levels – in 2008 – consumer demand for petrol began dropping around the $2.80 per gallon level. The bigger declines were when gasoline rose above $3.75 a gallon, he said.

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