MOTORISTS received some early Christmas cheer today in the form of cheaper supermarket petrol.
Stores in Huddersfield slashed their prices in response to a cut of nearly 3.5p a litre on unleaded petrol by Morrisons.
But the good news could be short-lived because while retailers were cutting prices, Opec, the cartel of oil producing nations, was acting to maintain the cost of oil.
The Morrisons move to reduce prices to 79.9p a litre brought a rapid response from rivals.
Within hours, Asda and Tesco in Huddersfield matched the Morrisons prices.
Sainsbury's went one further by cutting their price to 79.8p a litre.
A Sainsbury's spokes- woman said: "We are committed to offering the lowest prices."
A Tesco spokeswoman said: "Our local pricing policy means we won't be beaten, in any location, on the price of petrol."
RAC spokesman Philip Hale said the cuts were a great early Christmas present for motorists.
"Only last week the average price for a litre of unleaded had risen to 84.5p, a rise of 7.4p on a year ago," he said. "Running a car already costs over £400 per month and the high fuel prices have really strained drivers' wallets."