They were also 7% higher than in August 2020 when strict Covid restrictions were in place.

The CSO also said that clearances of petrol in August reached 82 million litres. This marked an increase of 4% on the same time last year, but a fall of 9% on August 2019.

Meanwhile, clearances of kerosene – which is mainly used as a home heating fuel – were 1% higher than in August.

The CSO also said that excise clearances of marked gas oil, which is mainly used for off-road purposes such as agriculture and heating of larger buildings, were 6% higher in August compared to August of last year.