As per the officials, the refiners could consider reducing the petrol prices only if the decline in international prices remains sustainable.
Therefore, at the time when these refiners are trying their best to recover from the loss of Rs. 2,400 crore that they incurred last year, they are very much cautious about taking risks or chances.
The international crude prices which prevailed at $113.9 per barrel against $106.6 per barrel in the first fortnight of August is one of the decisive factors for domestic product prices. Additionally, import and export-parity prices of individual products also play a vital role in determining the product prices.
View: The oil marketing companies are making a small profit as of now, and they still have to recover last year's loss of Rs 2,400 crore. Plus international prices are not stable and hence one can never be sure which the prices will start increasing.