The price of gasoline rose for the fourth consecutive week, according to a balance sheet released this Friday (5/6) by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP). This week, the state that recorded the highest price of fuel was Santa Catarina, reaching R$ 8,999 a liter in Tubarão. In contrast, the state with the lowest amount charged per liter was Mato Grosso do Sul – R$ 7,890.
Also according to the agency, which consulted 5,146 stations across the country, the average price of common gasoline to consumers on the national scene closed the week at R$ 7,295 per liter.
The result is 0.2% higher than the one registered in the previous week and the highest, in nominal terms, since the ANP started to monitor weekly, in May 2004. The nominal values do not update prices for the accumulated inflation in the period.
Ethanol has seen an increase in 19 states this week, according to the ANP. There was a drop in prices in the other seven states and the Federal District. In general, the medical price of fuel dropped 1.77% in the week compared to the previous one – from R$5,539 to R$5,441 per liter.
In the 70/30 advantage ratio, ethanol has an average national parity of 74.59% compared to gasoline, that is, less favorable than the petroleum derivative.
Bolsonaro attacks Petrobras
The ANP’s balance sheet comes a day after President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) harshly criticized Petrobras. During a live broadcast on social media, this Thursday (5/5), the federal chief executive said that it is a “crime” and a “rape” for the company to make an “abusive” profit in times of crisis. “I make an appeal: Petrobras, don’t break Brazil,” Bolsonaro said, screaming.
The president’s statement was made moments before the oil company reported that it had recorded a profit of R$ 44.561 billion in the first quarter of this year – a result 3,718.4% greater than the profit in the same period last year, when the state-owned company earned R$ 1.167 billion. .
“I can’t understand, Petrobras during the pandemic crisis and the war abroad, Petrobras earning horrors. Petrobras’ profit is bigger than the crisis. This is a crime, it is unacceptable,” Bolsonaro said.
In the live, the head of the federal Executive appealed for the oil company not to announce a new increase in fuel prices, as a new adjustment “could break Brazil”. Petrobras has not readjusted fuel prices at refineries since March 11.
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