France’s lubricant consumption rose 9% to 45,368 tons in May, compared to the same month last year, according to data released by the Paris-based Professional Lubricants Center. The country’s gross domestic product began to rebound in April and May after a drop in the first quarter, according to the Bank of France.
Consumption of automotive lubes increased 9% to 24,760 tons in May.
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Passenger car engine oil demand increased 11% to 13,678 tons, and sales of engine oils used in commercial diesel vehicles were also up 11%, at 4,679 tons. Automotive transmission fluid sales grew 16% to 936 tons, and demand for automotive greases jumped up 27% to 451 tons.