Despite higher prices, gasoline continues to sell well

Despite higher prices, Costa Ricans continue to use more gasoline.

During the first four months of 2011, sales of super gasoline increased 8.18 percent but the lower grade plus only crept up .29 percent, according to Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A., the national monopoly.

Over all, use of petroleum dropped about 1.8
percent, but that decline was not seen in gasoline sales even though both types of motor fuel are above $5 a gallon.

Sales of plus were 1.2 million barrels, and sales of super were 840,700 barrels, the refinery said. Motor fuel diesel was up 1.32 percent at 2.3 million barrels, the company said.

In all, the company marketed 6.2 million barrels, ranging from aviation gasoline to asphalt, it said in a summary.

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