Drivers denied bigger petrol savings because retailers hiked prices - RAC

Drivers are being denied a further 10p cut in petrol prices due to major retailers hiking profit margins, according to new analysis.

The RAC says drivers should have seen a larger drop in petrol prices
The RAC says drivers should have seen a larger drop in petrol prices

The RAC said the average price of a litre of the fuel in the West Midlands fell by nearly 7p to 162.9p in September as oil prices plummeted.

This was the sixth biggest monthly drop in average petrol prices since 2000 – but the cut should have been deeper, the motoring services company claimed.

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RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: "Drivers really should have seen a far bigger drop as the wholesale price of delivered petrol was around 120p for the whole month.

"This means forecourts across the region should have been displaying prices around 152p given the long-term margin on unleaded is 7p a litre.

"In stark contrast to this, RAC Fuel Watch data has shown margins to be around 17p a litre, a huge 10p more than normal."

Supermarkets normally charge around 3.5p per litre less than the UK average but are currently only around 1.5p cheaper.

Mr Williams noted that Morrisons is offering discounted fuel for customers who spend a certain amount of money in store, normally £40.

This is a type of promotion which "tends only to be seen when supermarkets are benefitting from lower wholesale prices", he explained.

He urged drivers to "shop around for the best deals" rather than "simply assuming" supermarkets are the cheapest fuel retailers because they have been in the past.

The average price of a litre of diesel in the West Midlands fell by 3.5p to 180.2p last month.

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