BP profits down due to low oil price - so why are petrol prices still going up??

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ss957916, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
  2. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    VAT just went back up, and an increase in fuel duty went on as well.

    OF the £1.15 per litre, about 70 pence is purely fuel duty and VAT. The actual petrol station gets about 5p, of which about half is profit for them. The remaining, roughly 40p, is:

    Transport (which increases with fuel price increases)
    Refining ( which doesn't change much )
    The oil itself.

    So - the price of the oil itself, is only one part, of a small part, of what you pay at the pump. That's why our petrol prices don't fluctuate very much - they're just very high.

    IN the US - because there's far less tax on fuel - the cost of crude becomes a much much larger part of the price at the pump, thus if the price of crude changes significantly - so do their pump-prices.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Remember when every petrol station raised their prices to exorbitant levels two years ago, and oil companies like Imperial Oil blamed it on the rising cost of oil, and yet somehow made a record $33 billion in a single quarter?

    Good times. :rolleyes:

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