Under pressure from the government, some dealers decided to make a gesture to motorists in July and August.
“All efforts cannot be based solely on the state and public spending“. At the end of June, Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire decided to step up to encourage the private sector to become more involved in the fight against high petrol prices. He believes that the government, by introducing a rebate of 18 euro cents per liter, which is soon to be strengthened, is already doing everything in its power.
The discount on petroleum products comes against the background of high inflation, which has pushed up prices at the pump. However, motorists can play the competition to try to save on fuel. Le figaro provides an update on the various fuel operations announced so far.
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A reduction of 12 cents directly on the liter of fuel at TotalEnergies
When it comes to suppliers, TotalEnergies has chosen to directly give an additional discount on the price at the pump. The latter, applied in motorway stations, is added to the discount given by the executive, further reducing the bill.
This measure was introduced after the intervention of Bruno Le Maire, who had expressly asked the company to “extra efforttowards motorists, in anticipation of the holidays. TotalEnergies announced Thursday, June 29th, a reduction of 12 cents per liter of gasoline at all of its motorway service stations. This measure applies from July 1st and for the entire duration of the summer holidays, i.e. until August 31st.
The discount will then be increased: from September 1st to November 1st, it will increase to 20 cents per liter in all TotalEnergies petrol stations in France. Between November and December it then falls to 10 cents. These discounts applyfrom the first liter purchased, with no quantity limit for all petroleum fuels sold at petrol stations‘ says the company. They also allow the group to show their commitment to fighting inflation, while some elected officials advocate introducing a tax on “super winsmanufactured by some companies for several months.
At the same time, Leclerc is organizing a tank operation at cost price on the last weekend in July. This will be operational from Thursday evening and will affect all Leclerc shopping center stations, the retailer’s emblematic boss, Michel-Edouard Leclerc, said recently on FranceInfo.
Reduce food prices if not fuel prices
Not all brands are mobilizing to lower the price of gasoline directly. Aviation”does not communicate“, well, and Intermarché states not to have “Fuel operation planned so far“. The same applies to Auchan, Carrefour and Système U. Thierry Desouches, head of press relations for the latter group, explains this lack of direct measurement with an economic argument: “You just have to remember that we have to keep our finances in balance and you have to know that our margin on fuel is infinitesimally small. The fuel price is a loss maker, but the initiatives from the beginning have already calmed down’ pleads the dealer’s representative.
With regard to BP petrol stations, the group has stated that there is no “additional commercial gesture to the measures already planned by the state and the motorway companies due to the strong pressure on energy prices“. However, the tanker recalls that “Motorway companies are introducing price caps for all pumps on toll motorway networks“.
Relieve the portfolio of private customers
Some players are still trading to lighten their clients’ portfolios by betting on lower food prices. Such is the case with Auchan or BP, which “offer discounted menus in our grocery stores as well as attractive menu offers in our restaurants“. Intermarché gives pride of place to its customers with the loyalty card, while Carrefour strengthens its food promotions.
The casino brands (Géant Hypermarkets, Supermarkets, Small Casino, Spar, Vival) offer to reduce the bill on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by refunding the user the difference between the price paid for a full tank and 0.85 euros . There are several conditions: Reimbursement takes place in the form of vouchers, which must also be used at weekends.issued from 100 euros“In the store. It also happens”within the limit of 50 liters per vehicle and per ticket“. Finally, the offer remains every weekend of the summer and ends in September. This reduction in the price of gasoline therefore necessarily implies a purchase in the various casino stores.
The informed consumer can therefore compare the offers of the different brands in order to optimally protect his portfolio. In September the situation could change, the executive then wants to change the discount per liter by increasing it sharply.
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