Supermarkets gear up for fuel price war as Asda cuts price of unleaded petrol
A PETROL price war looks set to start today when a supermarket slashes the price of fuel.
From today Asda will cut the price of an unleaded litre to £126.7 with diesel down to £133.7.
The supermarket chain, which has filling stations at its Astley Bridge and Middlebrook stores, increased the pressure on its rivals and other independent forecourts with the move.
And motoring organisation, the AA, has advised Bolton’s drivers to grab the deal while they can because it may be short-lived.
“There are problems which emerged a couple of days ago with oil production in Libya, something which has been bubbling along for a while, and it pushed up the wholesale price by two dollars a barrel,” said AA spokesman Luke Bosdet.“You’ve got to applaud Asda for reacting quickly to the last drop in wholesale prices — but it’s a volatile market, and you can’t tell which way it’s going to go.
“What I would advise Bolton motorists to do is keep their eyes and ears open for the best deals in the town and grab it while they can.” Asda had the cheapest litre locally yesterday at £128.7 for unleaded and £135.7 for diesel.
Jeremy Walton, head of petrol trading at Asda, said: “Our shoppers don’t have to figure out complicated deals and collect vouchers to get the best price, they simply pay what they see at the pump.
“Our prices are the lowest they have been, and our national price cap on fuel means that no-one filling up at Asda is forced to pay a premium for their fuel because of where they live.”
Tesco at Middlebrook and Sainsbury’s at Trinity Street in Bolton were selling petrol for £129.9 — £136.9 for diesel, yesterday while the price for the same at Morrisons off Chorley Old Road was £130.9 and £137.9 for diesel.
It was a similar story at several smaller outlets.
The Shell station at the junction of Beaumont Road and Wigan Road was charging £130.9 for petrol, but £138.9 for diesel yesterday, while further towards Bolton town centre in Deane, the Wigan Road Esso garage was charging £130.9 for petrol, but only £137.9 for diesel.
Meanwhile, Grafton Service Station in Chorley Old Road was charging £129.9 for petrol and £136.9 for diesel.
At the Esso garage in Bradford Street, prices were £130.9 for petrol and £137.9 for diesel, and it was the identical price at the Texaco station at Chorley New Road in Horwich.
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