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Brüderle wants discount petrol from Aldi and Lidl

The Local · 17 Jan 2011, 11:45

Published: 17 Jan 2011 11:45 GMT+01:00

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A week after prices at the pump reached a two-year high over €1.50 per litre of “super” grade petrol, the minister encouraged the discounters to challenge the status quo.

“Prices always develop best through competition,” Brüderle told daily Bild. “When choice increases, prices sink.”

The minister pointed to discount supermarkets in Austria such as Aldi Süd subsidiary Hofer, which regularly offers deep discounts on fuel. Last year a Christmas sale offered gasoline for just €0.99 a litre, some €0.20 less than their competitors, Bild reported.

Brüderle also threatened big multinational fuel sellers with a state-regulated pricing.

Last week the ADAC motor club said the high cost of gasoline was not justified according to current oil market prices.

In the face of rising prices the Auto Club Europa (ACE) encouraged the German government to review regulation possibilities such as those recently implemented by Austria. Since the beginning of the year petrol stations there may raise their prices just once per day at noon, though prices may be reduced at any time.

The Austrian model would create a “cost-reducing effect,” ACE leader Wolfgang Rose said.

In the meantime, auto clubs such as ADAC recommend checking their websites to find the lowest regional prices.

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While gas stations along major motorways are the priciest option, fuel pumps belonging to supermarkets or large shopping centres are often the most affordable, they say.


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13:33 January 17, 2011 by auniquecorn
They just need to drop the .83cent tax per liter that we pay to this govt.
13:37 January 17, 2011 by twisted
That a member of the government even suggests an idea about less expensive gas is a huge surprise. With the government collecting a percentage of taxes, when the price goes up, tax receipts go up so it is to the advantage of the government to have high gas prices. Perhaps that is why the Kartelamt (?) doesn't seem to do any real investigations into the oil companies that operate in Germany. And this constantly changing prices, several times a day is just gouging.
13:50 January 17, 2011 by catjones
In other news, the government is urging root canals at gas stations to drive down the cost of dentistry.
14:29 January 17, 2011 by chicagolive
The Majority of the cost is government tax cut back on the sales tax and then make demands that the others should be forced to cut petrol rates, but we all know cutting a tax will never happen here.
19:37 January 17, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
ah, gotta love the upstanding FDP... always defending the interests of citizens... corporate citizens, that is.

We've had the hotel lobby, the nuclear power lobby, the recording industry lobby... and this time around, oh what a shock, it's the discount retail industry, in a bid to be allowed to sell cheap gasoline in Germany, which is...ahem... greasing the palms of FDP party leaders. Does anybody really believe that Brüderle just pulled this idea out of his own hat, and that this has nothing to do with Aldi and Lidl wanting to diversify and needing a "spokesman" to make it happen?

Yes, I too would like to pay less for gas at the pump. But you have to look at the big picture here, and it isn't pretty.
09:43 January 18, 2011 by auniquecorn
I think Brüderle has relatives working at Aldi and Lidl.
13:32 January 18, 2011 by 9900lawre
A no frills supermarket will be selling no frills fuel! Don't expect a good return on your Kilometers per litre. Supermarket fuel is a false economy.

Pay what you get!
14:31 January 18, 2011 by iseedaftpeople

unless your car has either lots of engine power (180-plus hp) or has one of those tiny newfangled turbocharged direct-injection contraptions under the hood, you won't know the difference. It will run the same, and the difference in fuel consumption will be negligible. I drive a 165-hp Audi, and I always go to the independent gas station two blocks down the road, because I just can't tell the difference between their gasoline and what Aral sells for three cents more per liter.

And even if Lidl and Aldi are going to sell gas even cheaper, they will probably do so because they have less overhead cost and will make their profit by sales volume. Same as with their supermarkets. It does not necessarily mean that their fuel isn't going to be up to industry standards.
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