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2. How much profit does an oil company make on a gallon of gasoline?

In November and December of last year, the major oil companies made 7 cents on every dollar of sales, according to the American Petroleum Institute, which analyzed oil-company filings.

In November and December of last year, the major oil companies made 7 cents on every dollar of sales, according to the American Petroleum Institute, which analyzed oil-company filings.

In November and December of last year, the major oil companies made 7 cents on every dollar of sales, according to the American Petroleum Institute, which analyzed oil-company filings.

In November and December of last year, the major oil companies made 7 cents on every dollar of sales, according to the American Petroleum Institute, which analyzed oil-company filings.

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7 cents on each dollar it gets

 

19 cents on each dollar it gets

 

50 cents on each dollar it gets

 

The refiners lose money on gasoline but make profits on sodas and bags of chips

 
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