Petrol prices fell to their lowest level in 10 weeks in
August but started climbing again at the end of the month.
Diesel finished the month at their highest level since
November 2011, according to latest figures from AA
Diesel prices rose 7 cents through August to finish at $1.60
a litre at most service stations.
After beginning August on $2.21 a litre for 91 octane, petrol
prices fell another 3 cents before rising 7 cents to end the
month on $2.25 a litre in the main centres.
"Concerns about a possible US strike against the Syrian
Government have led to an increase in commodity prices," AA
PetrolWatch spokesman Mark Stockdale said.
"At the same time, the New Zealand dollar lost 3 cents
against the US currency during the month.
"Oil prices are now at their highest level since February.
Back then motorists were paying $2.21 for a litre of petrol -
but the exchange rate was worth 5 cents more while taxes were
3 cents per litre less," Mr Stockdale said.
The AA's monitoring of commodity prices and exchange rates
show the imported cost of fuel rose 6 cents per litre since
the last drop in pump prices in mid-August.