Weekly fuel sales have have continued to climb as Covid-19 restrictions have been eased across GB, exceeding 90% of their pre-lockdown average, and achieving the highest daily total has been recorded since last September.

The latest weekly figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) show that for the week ending April 25, sales were 91% of their pre-lockdown level, up 1.7% on the previous week.

Average sales on Friday April 23 reached 18.313 litres, thehighest average daily road fuel sales since 25th September 2020.

Compared to the week prior average sales were 1.7% higher in England, 0.1% lower in Wales and 3.2% higher in Scotland.

Across GB average daily sales of diesel were 9,570 litres, reaching 92% of pre-pandemic levels and average daily sales of petrol were 6,510 litres, which was 90% of pre-pandemic levels.

In the eight weeks prior to the 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.