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OTTAWA, Ont. — Statistics Canada says sales of diesel fuel totaled more than 1.7 million cubic metres in February, a drop of 4.9 per cent compared to a year earlier.

The statistics gathering agency says a total of 7.6 million cubic metres of refined petroleum products were sold in February, down 0.1 per cent from 2000.

As for January, Canadians actually bought more diesel than in 2000: 0.2 per cent more. Total refined petroleum product sales climbed 4.4 per cent, hitting 15.7 million cubic metres.

All figures are preliminary, Statistics Canada notes.

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