CORRECTED-US refined product demand at 15-year low -EIA

Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:10pm GMT
 

(Corrects to show crude inventories at highest level since 2011
(not 2001)	
    NEW YORK, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Total U.S. four-week
average demand for refined products fell to the lowest level
since April 1997, data from the U.S. Energy information
Administration showed on Thursday.	
    The four-week average demand for refined products like
gasoline and distillates fell to 18.05 million barrels-per-day
(bpd), 6.7 percent lower than a year ago.	
    Four-week average gasoline demand fell 6.1 percent compared
with a year ago while distillate demand was 5.9 percent lower
than during the same week last year, according to the data.	
    Meanwhile, crude inventories were at the highest level since
September 2011, rising 1.63 million barrels to 340.71 million
barrels, EIA said.	
    Midwest refinery utilization rose 3 percentage points to 96
percent of capacity.	
    	
    	
	
 (Reporting by Matthew Robinson and Selam Gebrekidan)

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