Average daily fuel sales picked up last week, increasing by 12% compared with the previous week, but have not made up all the volume lost since the most recent Covid recommendation to work at home if possible, which was cancelled yesterday.
According to the latest statistics from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) average daily sales for the week to January 16 were 15,150 litres, up from 13,580 litres the previous week.
Immediately prior to the emergence of the Omicron variant, which prompted new Covid restrictions, sales were averaging 90-93% of pre-pandemic levels but last week’s sales were 85%.
Average deliveries were also higher, 6.3% up at 14,670 litres compared with 13,800 litres the previous week, and this led to a slight decline in average stock levels, down 1% to 50%, although stock levels in all regions are still higher than the average over the past year.
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.mmediately prior to the emergence of the Omicron variant, which prompted new Covid restrictions, sales were averaging 90-93% of pre-pandemic levels but last week’s sales were 85%.