Asda and Sainsburys have a petrol war
It's a petrol WAR! No, not like the war for oil or the war on drugs. This is a lot more brutal than those.
Sainsbury’s announced it would cut petrol and diesel prices by up to 5p per litre.
Not to be outdone, Asda responded by unveiling reductions of 1p and up to 2p per litre for petrol and diesel respectively at its stores.
Apparently price cuts are likely to be larger in heavily populated areas where prices are already lower due to greater competition from the likes of Asda.
A man from the AA, who is known as Luke Bosdet, said: “The real value will be in places, often small market towns, suffering from the postcode pump price lottery – having to pay at least 3p a litre more than in neighbouring, more competitive towns. If that pulls down the price among other retailers, that will be a big benefit.”
In more heavily populated areas a 5p cut, amounting to £2.50 off the average tank of fuel, would only bring Sainsbury’s in line with cheaper rivals, he added. Although industry insiders questioned the timing of the announcement by Sainsbury’s, who are heavily tipped to unveil a dismal set of trading results later this week.
Brian Madderson, of the Petrol Retailers’ Association, said: "My initial cynical reaction is that this is an attempt to divert the press and the public away from some pretty bad news on their store sales."
“Five pence per litre, in terms of an at-the-pump price rather than a loyalty card, is probably one of the biggest if not the biggest potential cut I have come across in the last five years so the cynic in me says there is much more to this than meets the eye."
Grab petrol cheap anyway! Pay with your lives later!