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Japan's diesel sales in May likely rose 3 pct yr/yr - JXTG

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) - Japan's domestic gas oil sales likely rose 3 percent in May from a year earlier to 535,647 barrels per day (2.64 million kilolitres), Japan's biggest oil refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp 5020.T estimated on Tuesday. 


That is because there is a one more week day this month than the same month a year earlier, which helped push up the use of trucks and other industrial vehicles, a company spokesman said. 


JX Holdings merged with TonenGeneral on April 1 to create JXTG Nippon Oil, which controls more than half of domestic gasoline sales. 


Domestic gasoline sales were likely unchanged this month from a year ago as robust demand during the Golden Week holidays in early part of the month offset a general declining trend reflecting the shrinking population and an improvement in vehicles' fuel efficiency, the spokesman added. 

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