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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Boost for Cumbrian drivers as superstores cut fuel prices

Supermarket filling stations in Cumbria will be offering cheaper fuel from today.

Petrol pump photo
Petrol pump

Asda led the way by announcing a 2p cut in petrol and diesel.

Then rival Sainsbury’s, followed later by Tesco, said they would be cutting their fuel by “up to 2p a litre” – also from today.

Asda said its reductions would mean motorists paying no more than 131.7p a litre for petrol and 137.7p a litre for diesel.

Asda petrol trading director Andy Peake said: “Today’s move shows that we are once again leading the way in reducing the price at the pump.

“Unlike other retailers, our price cuts benefit everyone across the country, meaning that no one filling up at Asda will be forced to play a postcode lottery.”

Sainsbury’s head of fuel Richard Crampton said: “With Christmas on the horizon, we know that this can be an expensive time of year so we’re delighted to announce that from tomorrow we will be lowering our petrol and diesel prices by up to 2p per litre.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are dropping the price of unleaded and diesel by up to 2p per litre from tomorrow morning.”

Chris Toole, from the independent Mace filling station on James Street in Carlisle, said: “Prices are dropping – that’s no great surprise. The supermarkets just like to shout about it.”

“The supermarkets tend to battle it out between themselves because they buy in bulk. They can drop their prices immediately.”

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