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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Numbers up for all fuels
Increased oil prices mean consumers will pay

Media release

Conception Bay South, NL, December 07, 2010- Consumers in Newfoundland and Labrador will be paying more for all fuels this coming Thursday. That's according to the information that George Murphy has gathered for the last week, and the numbers are substantial.

"We're looking at increases in pricing across the board", said Murphy. "Prices are reflective of what has been happening in the markets over the past week, and the consumer is going to pay as a result of an increase in refined commodities."

"I expect heating and stove oils to increase by 2.69 cents per litre, diesel shows an increase of 2.3 cents and gasoline is up by four cents on a litre for Thursday. There was some retreat in oil prices that was just not enough to bring those numbers the other way, but what I did see in the numbers for the past two days is reflective of what we might expect in the coming weeks: the possibility that European Union countries like Ireland and Portugal may not be able to meet their financial targets. That could lead to faltering economic recovery, ending in a retreat in oil prices altogether. We're keeping an eye to those countries to see if they meet their previous commitments to pay down their debt. Any austerity programming that these countries do bring in could potentially affect consumer spending and affect exports from countries like the United States and Canada, and that could mean economic troubles down the road. Either way, the markets and consumers are both reaching a breaking point: markets for how much they can earn the investor and consumers for how much they can bear high energy prices before they curtail spending."

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For more information, contact;

George Murphy
Group researcher/Member
Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices
gasprices@hotmail.com please

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