The big four supermarkets have been hit hardest by the falling demand for petrol, according to analysis of new government figures by the AA.

Despite the lowest prices for three years, demand for petrol from October to December last year fell 4.2% compared with the same period in 2012, but the big four supermarkets were hit hardest with a 4.9% reduction while other retailers saw sales fall 3.6%.

Overall, petrol demand in 2013 fell by more than 850 million litres.

However, sales of diesel at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Asda fared better than on non-supermarkets, with a 2.8% boost in the final quarter of last year as opposed to a 1.5% increase at non-supermarkets.