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Published Monday, November 27, 2017

UK petrol and diesel price trends and cross EU price comparisons

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Petrol and diesel prices increased sharply between 2009 and 2011 before levelling off. They dropped between 2014 and 2015, but have risen over the course of 2016 and 2017.

Unleaded petrol cost an average of 118.9p/litre in September 2017. This was an increase of 7% compared to the same time in 2016.

In September 2017, the average diesel price was 120.6p/litre, a 6% increase from a year earlier.

66% of the UK’s unleaded petrol pump price was accounted for by taxes and duties; the second highest proportion in the EU

68% of the UK’s diesel pump price was accounted for by taxes and duties;  the highest proportion in the EU.

Excluding tax and duties, the September 2017 prices for unleaded petrol and diesel were 41.2p/litre and 44.3p/litre respectively.

Commons Briefing papers SN02638

Author: Tom Rutherford

Topics: Oil, petrol and natural gas, Roads

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