Supermarket fuel price cuts hailed


File photo dated 15/08/13 of a person using an Asda petrol pump as motorists are getting some new-year cheer, with supermarket Asda lowering its fuel prices and rivals expected to follow suit later. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 13, 2014. From tomorrow, Asda will be cutting the price of petrol and diesel by up to 2p a litre. The company said the new prices would mean motorists paying no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol and 133.7p a litre for diesel. See PA story TRANSPORT Petrol. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The price of supermarket fuel is to fall, providing motorists with some good mid-winter news.

Asda and Tesco are both reducing their petrol and diesel prices by up to 2p a litre from tomorrow.

Asda, the first to announce a cut, said that from tomorrow motorists would pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol and 133.7p a litre for diesel. It added that its diesel would now fall to its lowest price since July 2012.

AA president Edmund King said: "Fuel price reductions at the pumps will bring a sigh of relief to many drivers who are struggling to make ends meet after bigger than normal financial outgoings during the festive period.

"We hope that other supermarkets and fuel retailers follow the lead of Asda and Tesco to cut their prices at the pumps otherwise we just end up with a fuel-price lottery based on proximity to certain supermarkets."

RAC external affairs head Pete Williams welcomed the reductions and said that if they were matched around the country prices would fall to their lowest since February 2011.

He went on: "This will no doubt have a positive effect on the economy too as well as lessening the social impact that high fuel prices have on people's personal lives."

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