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OTTAWA, Ont. — Statistics Canada today reports that sales of diesel fuel in the country climbed 2.9 per cent, or by 54,900 cubic meters in March.

Although the exact total sales of diesel wasn’t provided, Statistics Canada noted that total sales of all refined petroleum products hit 7,811,800 cubic meters in March, up 4.9 per cent from March 2000.

Sales increased for six of the seven major product groups, with the largest gains recorded for heavy fuel oil: their sales climbed by 174,900 cubic meters, or by 33.1 per cent.

Sales of light fuel oils 98,800 cubic meters, or 19.7 per cent, and sales of gasoline notched up 1,9 per cent, or by 57,400 cubic meters.

The advance in heavy fuel oil sales reflects higher usage of the product by utilities for electricity generation, the statistics agency noted.

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