- 18 Jul
Retail fuel margins increase for third straight week
The OPIS report today revealed that retail fuel margins have risen for the third straight week. This week the average retail fuel margin is up $0.048 per gallon, reaching $0.276 per gallon, the highest retail fuel margin of the year, and the highest since September of last year.
The year to date average now stands at $0.171 per gallon, the highest since February 7. The six week average stands at $0.202, the highest of the year, and the highest since November 22 of last year.
So far this quarter is shaping up to have the highest average retail margin of any quarter this year. Currently the average retail fuel margin for the quarter is 0.252, a full $0.06 per gallon higher than the quarterly average at this point last year.
The equivalent day last year the average retail fuel margin was only $0.100 per gallon which means we’re currently $0.176 per gallon above last year right now.
Certainly these margins can’t last forever. But the savvy fuel analyst will make the most of these times when volumes are solid in the summer, and margins are higher than ever.