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India's fuel demand slips in November from four-month peak

People get their two-wheelers filled with petrol at a fuel station in Ahmedabad

(Reuters) - India's fuel consumption in November fell after hitting a four month peak in the previous month, hit by reduced travel in the world's third biggest oil consumer as a festive boost fizzled out.

Total consumption in November, a proxy for oil demand, fell by 2.8% to 18.72 million tonnes from 19.26 million tonnes in October, the data from the Indian oil ministry's Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) showed.

It was down about 2% compared with the same period a year earlier.

"Consumption increased in October due to agricultural demand and as people traveled during the festive season. November is seeing a dip as people reverted to normal activity," said Prashant Vasisht, vice president and co-head, corporate ratings at ICRA.

Sales of diesel, mainly used by trucks and commercially-run passenger vehicles, decreased by 1.4% month-on-month to 7.53 million tonnes.

"Diwali holidays generally ramp up domestic consumption patterns as mobility perks up, however disappointing diesel demand has marred India's stellar performance so far this year," said Viktor Katona, lead crude analyst at Kpler.

"The immediate outlook is for gasoline demand to drop back from Diwali peaks and trend around 850,000 barrels per day over the next 2-3 months."

Sales of gasoline in November were 0.4% lower than the previous month at 3.13 million tonnes.

Sales of bitumen, used for making roads, fell by 9.4% from October, while fuel oil use declined by 1.3% in November.

Cooking gas, or liquefied petroleum gas, sales decreased by 0.4% to 2.49 million tonnes, while naphtha sales fell by 7.9% to about 1.03 million tonnes, the data showed.

2023 2023 2023 2022 2022 2022

Nov. Oct. Sept. Nov. Oct. Sept.

Diesel 7.53 7.64 6.49 7.76 6.99 6.25

Petrol 3.13 3.14 3.06 2.86 3.00 2.83

LPG 2.49 2.50 2.55 2.46 2.39 2.44

Naphtha 1.03 1.12 1.00 0.93 0.86 0.98

Jet fuel 0.69 0.69 0.66 0.62 0.62 0.59

Kerosene 0.05 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.03 0.04

Fuel Oil 0.53 0.53 0.54 0.58 0.59 0.60

Bitumen 0.64 0.71 0.55 0.85 0.59 0.36

TOTAL 18.72 19.26 18.26 19.10 18.58 16.87

(Reporting by Anushree Mukherjee, Ashitha Shivaprasad and Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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