Holiday Gas Demand Lower than 2011

Fewer Christmas travelers this year


U.S. retail gasoline demand fell sharply from year-ago levels with fewer drivers on the roads in the week before the Christmas holiday, MasterCard said in its weekly SpendingPulse report on Wednesday.

Gasoline demand in the week to Dec. 21 fell 5.4 percent from year-ago levels, the data showed. The four-week moving average for demand also fell last week, down 3.3 from year-ago levels.

Weekly demand, however, was 4.5 percent higher than the week to Dec 14.