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Motorists to be hit with more petrol pain

Mon August 20, 2012 9:10pm

PETROL prices have climbed to their highest level in more than two months, with further price rises expected in the coming weeks.

The latest weekly Australian Institute of Petroleum fuel price report shows the national average for unleaded petrol rose by 2.6 cents per litre in the past week to 142.9 cents.

The metropolitan average price rose by two cents per litre to 141.9 cents, while the regional average rose by 3.4 cents to 144.7 cents.

CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian says unleaded prices are now at a ten-week high and there are few signs that the bad news will ease.

"Rather, the latest round of data seems to suggest that further substantial price gains are on the horizon," he said in a statement on Monday.

"The bottom line is that the average Australian pump price for petrol should continue to edge higher."

To avoid being slugged with high petrol prices motorists should time when they fill their tanks, Mr Sebastian said.

"Not only is the discounting cycle continuing to change within capital cities but price trends are far from uniform across cities."

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