U.S. sales of lubricants, greases and process oils fell just short of 2.5 billion gallons in 2005, according to data released last week by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. The trade groups annual Report on Lubricating Oil and Wax Sales shows that automotive lubricants remain by far the largest market, with 57 percent of the total, versus industrial lubricants at 20.6 percent of the total, and process oils at 17.4 percent. Metalworking oils hold 2.9 percent of the market, and lubricating greases 2.1 percent.
The 80-page statistical report also offers comparative data from companies that respond with sales figures for both years. This comparative data can be used to help pinpoint market trends, unlike the total reported sales volume, which varies depending on the population of the surveys voluntary respondents.
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