ECONOMY

Gasoline stations’ new trick

Gasoline station owners and the government appear to be close to avoiding industrial action next week, but there are plenty of instances where the price ceiling set in eight prefectures across the country has not been adhered to. Owners of fuel stations on Crete were expected to decide late last night whether to strike, although indications are that the government will accept their demand for an intervention at the level of fuel companies to allow a margin of profit for retailers. However there were repeated instances of gasoline station owners selling a brand of unleaded gasoline up to 40 cents per liter above the maximum price permitted, claiming that this is a special product to which the government’s ceiling does not apply. The problem is they do not offer any cheaper alternative, as they are obliged to. The general secretary for commerce, Stephanos Komninos, admitted to Kathimerini that a provision should be introduced to close that loophole.