‘At last retailers have done the right thing and started to cut prices,’ says RAC
After Asda cut prices this morning, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons followed suit.
Asda has cut fuel prices following claims that retailers were refusing to pass on a drop in wholesale costs.
The supermarket giant has reduced the price of unleaded by up to 3p a litre and diesel by up to 2p.
The cut sparked a supermarket price war with first Morrisons and then Sainsbury’s joining them in almost identical cuts.
Asda’s new national price cap means drivers will pay no more than £1.25 per litre for unleaded and £1.28 for diesel at its 318 filling stations.
Drivers have suffered a rise in fuel prices almost every day since the end of April despite wholesale costs coming down by around 2.5p per litre since May 24.
The RAC says recent falls in wholesale costs have been caused by the US drilling for more oil than in recent years, increased output from Russia and speculation that oil producing group Opec will end its restriction on production.
On Monday, average UK forecourt prices stood at £1.29 per litre for unleaded and £1.33 for diesel – the most expensive both have been since September 2014.
Asda chief executive Roger Burnley said: “We know that the cost of living is centre of mind for our customers and we will always do whatever we can to reduce that burden.
“Customers can trust us to lead the way when it comes to lowering the price of fuel and putting cash back in their pocket.”
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “At last, retailers have done the right thing and started to cut prices at the pumps. From our data, we could see no justification for them holding on to savings that they have been benefiting from for three weeks.
“With petrol prices rising at their fastest rate in 18 years last month, millions of households and businesses will have been feeling the effect of having to spend more on what is an essential purchase for many. Today’s cuts should bring some welcome relief.
“It is absolutely right that at times when wholesale prices are falling, forecourt prices follow suit.”
Below is a link to our guide on how to save money on petrol and diesel, day in, day out.