U.S. gasoline consumption declined 3.6 percent last week from a year earlier, the 10th week in which demand has fallen short of year-ago levels, according to MasterCard Inc. (MA)
Drivers used 8.67 million barrels a day of gasoline in the week ended Nov. 4, down from 8.99 million a year earlier, according to MasterCard Inc.’s SpendingPulse report. That’s wider than last’s week 2.7 percent loss from the prior year.
On a week-to-week basis, demand slipped 1.3 percent from the week ended Oct. 28. Averaged over four weeks, fuel demand fell 3 percent from a year earlier, the 33rd consecutive decline in that measure.
Gasoline use in 2011 through Oct. 28 is down 1.3 percent from a year earlier, the second-biggest payments network company said.
The average pump price declined 2 cents to $3.43 a gallon. Prices were 23 percent higher than a year earlier.
Gasoline demand peaked this year at 9.56 million barrels a day in the week ended July 1 as motorists filled their tanks before the July 4 holiday weekend. The lowest level of consumption occurred in the week ended Feb. 11 when consumers bought 8.47 million barrels a day.
The report from Purchase, New York-based MasterCard is assembled by MasterCard Advisors, the company’s consulting arm. The information is based on credit-card swipes and cash and check payments at about 140,000 U.S. gasoline stations.
Visa Inc. (V) is the biggest payments network company by transactions processed.
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