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Average daily fuel sales per forecourt have climbed to their highest level since before the first lockdown, reaching 19,377 litres on Friday April 30, the highest daily sales since 19 March 2020 (the last Thursday before the first lockdown which started 23 March 2020).

Weekly fuel sales have also continued to climb as Covid-19 restrictions have been eased across GB.

The latest weekly figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) show that for the week ending May 2, sales were 92% of their pre-lockdown level, up 1.1% on the previous week.

Compared with the week prior average sales were 1.4% higher in England, up 0.5% in Wales and 0.6% higher in Scotland.

Across GB average daily sales of diesel were 9,700 litres, reaching 93% of pre-pandemic levels and average daily sales of petrol were 6,610 litres, which was 91% of pre-pandemic levels.

In the eight weeks prior to the first lockdown on March 23 2020, average daily sales were 17,690 litres per filling station, with a peak of 20,983 on Friday February 28. After the lockdown they fell rapidly bottoming out at 2,522 litres on Sunday April 12.

The figures from BEIS are based on end of the day snapshots of petrol and diesel sales and stock levels from a sample of around 4,500 filling stations across Great Britain.

However, the fuel volumes are collected primarily from oil companies, supermarkets and large independent filling stations, and this results in higher daily average figures than if all independent volumes were included.