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Supermarkets battling it out ahead of Christmas

Date: 30/11/2012 12:55:56
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Deborah Bates

Supermarkets across the UK are battling it out over petrol prices, ahead of the Christmas season.

According to scotsman.com, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's have all made cuts to their fuel prices - with the latter dropping costs by up to three pence per litre.

Tesco cut its prices by three pence too, with Asda dropping by two pence, thisismoney.co.uk reports. However despite the decreases in costs, when compared to previous years' prices, 2012's petrol costs are high - to say the least. The AA compiled a list detailing how petrol prices have changed in recent years, finding that nine years ago (2003), petrol stood at 76.5 pence per litre.

Over the years, this has gradually increased; by 2007, it was 101.5 pence, by 2010 119.1 pence and now, in November 2012, the price is 135.08 pence on average. Although this could generate sighs around the UK, some car tracking systems can help drivers get the most value out of their fuel - by measuring how efficiently it is working - so this is something that could help out cash-strapped Britons.

What's more, David Bizley (the RAC's technical director) said that every little helps around this time of year. He explained: "This will help make it a little more affordable for families to travel to spend time together this Christmas.

"What would really make this festive period special would be for the Chancellor to announce next Wednesday that he is scrapping the 3p duty rise planned for next January," Bizley concluded.

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