Supermarkets slash diesel prices

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Supermarkets across the area have slashed the price of diesel for the second time in a week.

Last week’s price drop meant that for the first time in 15 years, the fuel was cheaper than petrol.

Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have reduced the cost of diesel by a further 2p.

This is the third time in less than three weeks that both Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have dropped the price of their fuel. The move was welcomed by Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation.

He said: ‘This is welcome news but has been a long time coming. The wholesale price of diesel dropped below that of petrol back in May, but only in the past week have we seen this starting to be reflected at the pumps.

‘We would hope this isn’t the end of the reductions.’

Avishai Moor, Sainsbury’s head of fuel, said: ‘We know that fuel is a big expense, and we’re committed to helping our customers go further for less.’

Asda said it had no immediate plans to drop prices after announcing last week that drivers would pay no more than 112.7 pence per litre across its 272 filling stations.