Shell’s £4.3bn profit fuels anger

FUEL giant Shell came under fire yesterday after unveiling a 36 percent profit leap – while “exploiting hardworking motorists”.

By CYRIL DIXON

Executives at the British-Dutch company were jubilant after reporting a £4.3billion surplus for the final quarter of last year. But critics pointed out that the “strong financial performance” came at the expense of millions of drivers. Campaigners are demanding a new watchdog for pump prices after they rose more than 11 percent year-on-year.

They pointed out that profits made by fuel retailers on every unit of petrol have rocketed by 60 percent to 13p per litre.

Howard Cox, founder of pressure group FairFuelUK, said: “Greedy oil companies continue to ride roughshod over hard-working, low income families and small businesses.

“Faceless profiteering opportunists in the fuel supply chain exploit millions of motorists, because this essential commodity and its pricing goes unchecked.”

Tory MP Kirstene Hair, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on fair fuel, said: “This is clearly good news for Shell and its shareholders.

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