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Petrol and alcohol increases 'could have been worse', admit retailers

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PROPOSED inflation-based increases on fuel and alcohol duty got a mixed reaction from Guernsey retailers.

PROPOSED inflation-based increases on fuel and alcohol duty got a mixed reaction from Guernsey retailers.

Businesses spoken to by the Guernsey Press warned that the 3% rise in duty would be met by customers, but most of them admitted the increase could have been steeper than the Budget proposals announced this week.

Petrol station owners had particularly feared larger increases, including Dave Beausire of Le Mont Saint garage, where unleaded is 109.9p a litre and diesel is 119.9p.

Mr Beausire, pictured, has also re-opened San Lorenzo garage – where there is a promotional offer of 105.9p for unleaded and 115.9p for diesel – but said any increases would have to be met by the customers.

Trev's Motorcycle owner Trevor Hockey had also predicted a bigger increase, but he would still welcome a Budget that did not hit the motorists.

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