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2009 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Gross sales of gasoline rose 1.3% to 41.0 billion litres in 2009, following a slight drop in 2008.

The increase in gross gasoline sales coincided with a 16.7% decline in the average retail gasoline prices, which fell from $1.14 per litre in 2008 to $0.95 per litre in 2009.

However, the growth in sales was in accord with a 3.1% increase in kilometres driven during the year by gasoline motor vehicle drivers, according to the Canadian Vehicle Survey.

Gross sales were up in all provinces and territories, except for Alberta (-0.7%).

Motorists in the two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec combined, accounted for about 60% of Canada's gasoline consumption in 2009. Ontario drivers consumed the highest amount, 15.8 billion litres, or 38.6% of the total, while those in Quebec purchased 8.4 billion litres, or 20.4%. Drivers in Alberta accounted for 13.6% of total gasoline sales.

Nationally, gasoline sales peaked during July and August, each with 3.7 billion litres, the result of increased demand for fuel stemming from the busy summer driving season.

Note: Data on the volume of gasoline (in litres) sold in Canada are now available. Included are both gross and net annual volume figures from 1993 to 2009, inclusively. Gross sales represent the total volume sold, while net sales correspond to the volume sold on which taxes were paid. Breakdowns by province and territory as well as by month are also available. Annual sales volumes between 1993 and 2009 are also provided by province for diesel.

Motor vehicle fuel sales data for 2008 have been revised.

Available on CANSIM: tables 405-0002 and 405-0003.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2746.

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