The steady recovery in road fuel sales since the lockdown was eased has continued with Wales showing particularly strong growth, according to the latest government data.

The weekly figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) showed fuel sales in Great Britain for the week ending July 12 had climbed to 80% of pre-lockdown levels.

This was an increase of 3.8% compared with the previous seven days, but Welsh sales were up 10% on the previous week following easing of travel restrictions. Sales in the South West also grew strongly with a 7.7% increase.

Average diesel sales were at 82% and petrol sales at 78% of a typical week before lockdown, with average daily sales of 8,540 litres of diesel and 5,640 litres of petrol.

In the eight weeks prior to the lockdown on March 23 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.

Since then average sales have climbed steadily, and for the week ending July12 there was a daily average of 14,190 litres.

DBEIS also released figures for England, Wales and Scotland showing that in the nine weeks after the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 10 May about easing the lockdown, average daily road fuel sales in England were 12,160 litres per filling station (68%). In the same period in Wales 10,130 litres were sold on averagea per filling station (61%) and sales in Scotland averaged 10,380 litres per filling station (62%).