Mumbai: India’s oil demand growth slowed as gains in gasoline and diesel fuel were offset by a decline in bitumen and petroleum coke consumption.

The South Asian nation consumed 16.54 million tons of hydrocarbon fuels in June, 0.4% more than a year ago, according to the Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell. Diesel demand expanded 6.5% to 6.8 million tons. The fuel accounts for about 40% of total oil products sales in the country.

“Continued strong underlying economic growth has led to increased gasoline and diesel demand," said Tushar Tarun Bansal, director at Ivy Global Energy. The fall in consumption of bitumen and petroleum coke limited the country’s oil demand growth, he added.

Rising car and scooter use spurred by rapid economic expansion and higher income levels has made India a bright spot for global oil demand. The country imports more than 80% of its crude requirement and the International Energy Agency expects it to be the fastest-growing consumer through 2040.

Gasoline demand rose 12% to 2.1 million tons while the consumption of LPG increased 16% to 1.9 million tons. The country’s oil demand in May rose 5.4% to 17.79 million tons. Bloomberg

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