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Petrol price to stay unchanged   2011-06-08 - VNS

Motorcyclists buy petrol on Tran Hung Dao Street in Ha Noi. The domestic retail price of petrol is now VND21,300 per litre. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

Motorcyclists buy petrol on Tran Hung Dao Street in Ha Noi. The domestic retail price of petrol is now VND21,300 per litre. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

The domestic retail price of petrol and oil would remain unchanged for the time being, despite the fact the global price fell last month, said Petrolimex deputy director Dam Thi Huyen.

She said the world prices of petrol and oil fell in May, relieving pressure on the local market.

In May, the average price on the Singapore market, the main source of imported petroleum products, fell month-on-month by 8.32 per cent for diesel oil to US$128.26 per barrel, 7.88 per cent for kerosene to $127.76 per barrel, 5.13 per cent for fuel oil to $648.91 per tonne and 1.27 per cent for petrol to $126.23 per barrel.

Domestic petrol and oil dealers were now able to make a profit of VND600 per litre of oil and cut even losses on the sale of petrol, Huyen said.

However, dealers would not be reducing retail prices because this was a chance for them to recoup losses made last year when the world price peaked, she said.

She suggested the State should instruct dealers to top up the petrol price stabilisation fund which was exhausted a few months ago after dealers claimed compensation for losses made during the price hike.

The petrol price management team had followed market fluctuations on the world market, an official from the Ministry of Finance said, but no changes would be made to import taxes or the domestic price of petrol and oil in the near future.

If the world price continues to fall, the State would increase import taxes for petrol and oil, besides instructing traders to contribute more money to the petrol price stabilisation fund, he said, adding that the final move would be to lower retail prices.

Meanwhile, economists said they expected the cost of petrol and oil to fluctuate, but they were unlikely to fall dramatically in the near future, based on the pressure on the world economy.

The domestic retail price now is VND21,300 per litre for petrol, VND21,100 per litre for diesel oil, VND20,800 per litre for kerosene and VND16,800 per litre for fuel oil, after an increase of VND2,000-2,800 per litre on March 29.



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