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Supermarkets jack-up fuel prices as pumps run dry amid fears of panic buying
Experts warn of ‘£100 fill-up’ if UK refinery is not put back online soon
January 26, 2012
Fuel prices have risen again just 24 hours after one of Britain’s biggest refineries went bust, stopping supplies to filling stations.
There are fears of panic buying after long queues formed outside several filling stations in the South East yesterday as diesel pumps ran dry.
Supermarkets – which usually set the trend – have put up to 1p a litre on the price of diesel and unleaded.
On average across the UK, diesel rose to 142.32p (from 142.21p) per litre and is now within a fraction of a new record. Petrol rose to 134.03p per litre (from 133.89p), the AA reported.
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