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Domestic sales of refined petroleum products

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November 2008 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Sales of refined petroleum products in November totalled 8 463.1 thousand cubic metres, down 4.4% from the same month a year earlier. (One cubic metre equals a thousand litres.)

Sales fell in six of the seven major petroleum product groups. The decline was led by the sales of diesel fuel oil, which were down 6.5%, or 153.9 thousand cubic metres. Sales of heavy fuel oil rose 28.2%, or 142.3 thousand cubic metres.

Compared with November 2007, sales of motor gasoline decreased 3.5%, or 126.2 thousand cubic metres, in November. This was led by a 4.0% decline in the sale of regular unleaded gasoline. While midgrade gasoline sales increased 2.6% from November 2007, regular unleaded gasoline accounted for 91% of total sales.

Note: Preliminary domestic sales of refined petroleum products data are not available on CANSIM.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2150.

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Sales of refined petroleum products