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U.K. Road Fuel Sales Recover Quicker Than Last January

  • U.K.’s omicron infection wave has peaked; London traffic busy
  • Italy’s December oil product sales stronger than pre-pandemic
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U.K. road fuel sales are still recovering from the steep dip during the Christmas-New Year holiday period, though the hangover appears to be clearing much more quickly than a year earlier when coronavirus restrictions were harsher.

Omicron infection numbers have peaked and declined in England, emboldening the government to end its work-from-home advice and scrapping other so-called “Plan B” restrictions from Jan. 27. That’s in contrast to early January 2021 when England entered a third national lockdown, including some restrictions that lasted until July, slowing the increase in fuel consumption.