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    Published on August 5, 2010

    Oil prices headed down in Asian trade Thursday despite a dip in US crude reserves as distillate and gasoline inventories unexpectedly rose, analysts said.

    New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in September, fell 15 cents to USD 82.32 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for September delivery shed two cents to USD 82.18.

    Oil markets were hit by data released by the US Department of Energy late Wednesday showing a sharp increase in US distillate and gasoline inventories even as crude stockpiles fell more sharply than expected.

    “Oil prices fell slightly as positive economic data was outweighed by a larger-than-expected increase in US distillate inventories and an increase in gasoline inventory,” said a Commonwealth Bank of Australia report.

    The report showed gasoline stocks rising 700,000 barrels last week, compared with average expectations of an 800,000-barrel decline in a Dow Jones survey of analysts.

    Distillate inventories, including heating oil and diesel, also rose 2.2 million barrels, double the expected gain.

    The fall in oil prices flew in the face of a sharper-than-expected fall in American crude stockpiles, which fell by 2.8 million barrels, double the amount forecast by analysts.