The reduction announced by Petrobras of 7.08% in the price of gasoline for distributors is valid from Friday (2). The liter will go from R$ 3.53 to R$ 3.28, a reduction of R$ 0.25. The estimated impact on inflation is -0.24 percent. The assessment is by economist André Braz, who coordinates the Consumer Price Index of the Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV Ibre).
The economist assesses that the discount at distributors will cause a 4% decrease in common gasoline sold at gas stations. Since the average price in Brazil is R$ 5.25 per liter, on average we will have a reduction of R$ 0.21.
He also pointed out the possibility of negative inflation at the end of the month, since gasoline makes a difference in the family budget, compromising it by up to 6.5%”.
In Acre, according to the president of the Union of Fuel Stations of Acre (SINDEPAC), Delano Lima e Silva, the stations are waiting for the distributors to make the announced reduction official, indicating the new values in fuel prices.
The estimate is that this will occur until the beginning of next week, in three or four days, according to Delano. He evaluates that it is very positive when this happens, because the movement at the stations increases and the sector has faced many difficulties because of the pandemic. It is also good for people, who will gain more mobility and purchasing power, since the prices of goods are linked to that of fuel, he concludes.
According to economist André Braz, however, “the lower middle class, which has been facing inflation as a major challenge, does not benefit from cheaper gasoline. If this drop were in diesel, the effect would be discreet on the IPCA, but the social and long-term impact would be greater, as it would impact on the reduction of freight and the readjustment of the public transport tariff”, he explains.