The price of gasoline and diesel has fallen by more than 10% in the last week due to the mandatory discount | Economy

Both gasoline and diesel have become cheaper by more than 10% in the last week, according to data from the latest Petroleum Bulletin of the European Union, published this Thursday, as a result of the discount of 20 cents per liter approved by the Government. The entry into force, last Friday, of this aid has alleviated the amounts, although they remain historically very high. Diesel remains more expensive than gasoline and, furthermore, has dropped less. With an average of 1,647 euros per liter, it is 10.4% more affordable than in the previous seven days, when it marked its all-time high. In real terms, this means that, as a result of its rise in origin, part of the aid of 20 cents has been eaten and has fallen only 19 cents, although it is at the lowest level since the week of March 7.

In the case of gasoline, with an average of 1.613 euros per liter, the amount loosens 11.3% compared to the previous week and does exceed the margin of decrease provided by the Government (specifically, it has become cheaper 20 cents and a half per liter). To find a lower price you have to go until the week of February 28, and compared to the maximum it reached in the current crisis (1,845 euros, in the week of March 14) it is 12.6% below.

If the special measures on fuels have been able, at least for now, to stop a new escalation, they have not prevented Easter from reaching the highest prices in history for these dates. Between this Friday and April 18, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) foresees 14.6 million journeys on Spanish roads. To refuel their vehicles, drivers will have to pay 22% more than in 2021 if the car is gasoline, and 38% more if it is diesel. To find the second most expensive Holy Week in history, you have to go back to 2012, another year marked by fuel shortages. Then gasoline was paid at 1,479 euros per liter and diesel at 1,389 euros per liter. In other words, these same fuels are now 9% and 18% more expensive than in that year.

Transferring the current costs to what it means to fill a medium-sized tank (55 liters) implies that, in the last week, refueling with gasoline is 11.3 euros cheaper. In the case of a diesel vehicle, the savings is 10.5 euros. However, in both cases more is still being paid (7.5 euros and 16.6 euros, respectively) than what was paid on December 20, when the streak of consecutive weekly increases began that took the amounts to their maximum in March. historical. To the famine that was dragging on previously due to the international context of oil prices, the geopolitical tension that ended with the Russian invasion of Ukraine was added. In recent weeks, the amounts had already shown some ups and downs, although they had not yielded as much margin as the one that has now forced the reduction of 20 cents at the pumps (15 cents on account of the State and 5 cents on account of the oil companies, regardless of other discounts that they may apply).

In the European context, fuel prices have fallen in the last week, although less than they have in Spain, which also has cheaper average amounts. The liter of gasoline is paid on average at 1,856 euros in the European Union (3.6% less than last week) and 1,918 in the eurozone (-4.4%). In the case of diesel, the community average is 1,861 euros (-5.1% compared to seven days ago) and in the countries of the single currency it reaches 1,892 euros (-6.1%). The country where it is more expensive to refuel a diesel is Sweden (2,438 euros per liter) and the cheapest is Malta (1,210 euros). For gasoline vehicles, the most expensive refueling is in Finland (2,150 euros) and the cheapest in Hungary (1,300 euros).

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