Supermarkets cut petrol prices

Drivers have been given some pre-Christmas cheer after supermarkets announced cuts to fuel prices.

Asda said that from Thursday it was cutting 1p a litre off petrol and 2p a litre off diesel at its fuel stations.

It said motorists will pay no more than 128.7p a litre for petrol and no more than 135.7p a litre for diesel.

Later, Sainsbury's said that also from Thursday, it was "dropping petrol by 1p per litre and diesel by up to 2p per litre".

RAC technical director David Bizley said: "It really is starting to look like Christmas. Not only have we persuaded the Chancellor to scrap January's 3p-a-litre fuel duty increase, but now supermarkets are making festive travel more affordable.

"An RAC poll found that three quarters (77%) of people plan to drive an average of 260 miles to visit friends or family this Christmas, covering some four billion miles. So this is good news for them at the most expensive time of the year."

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