Japan Oct domestic naphtha sales up 3.7% on month; down 0.6% on yr

30 November 2012 08:58  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s domestic naphtha sales in October increased by 3.7% month on month to 3.48m kilolitres, but 0.6% lower compared with the same period last year, official data released on Friday showed.

The country’s total domestic sales of fuel oil products, including naphtha, stood at 15.8m kilolitres last month, up by 3.5% from September but down by 0.2%  year on year, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Gasoline sales at 4.77m kilolitres increased by 0.4% month on month increase, and up 1.3% year on year, the data showed. 

Meanwhile, Japan imported 16.2m kilolitres of crude oil in October, down by 5.5% from the previous month, and also 3.6% lower in the previous corresponding period, according to METI statistics.

Japan domestically shipped 1.25m kilolitres of crude oil in October – a 1.8% decrease from September, and a 7% increase from October 2011, based on the data.

METI’s data also showed that use of crude oil in Japan’s petrochemical sector fell by 50% month on month to 34,024 kilolitres, and also down by the same magnitude year on year.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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