Weakening dollar forces petrol prices up another 6c
4:24PM Tuesday Feb 03, 2009
By Edward Gay

BP led a price rise in petrol and diesel at the pump this afternoon and Caltex and Mobil have followed suit.

Petrol has gone up 6 cents a litre with 91 selling for 168.9 cents a litre and diesel for 106.9 cents a litre.

BP spokeswoman Diana Stretch said the rise was due to a weakening New Zealand dollar and an increase in the refined price of fuels.

"Where we had seen a relatively stable diesel price, we're now seeing it come up again," Ms Stretch said.

Caltex spokeswoman said the rise was also due to the exchange rate and the rise in international prices.

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