Oil prices fall before US inventory data

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in November delivery dropped 63 cents to $46.01 a barrel from Wednesday´s close.

Brent North Sea crude for November delivery fell 18 cents to stand at $48.97 a barrel in London afternoon deals.

The US Department of Energy will publish inventory data against a backdrop of market concern about a supply glut owing in part to weaker demand from China, the world´s biggest energy consumer.

Prices had fallen Wednesday, as weak Chinese trade data and poor consumer spending numbers in the US added to a picture of a slowing global economy.

Underpinning the bearish sentiment has been a forecast this week from the International Energy Agency that pointed to much slower oil demand growth next year.

US crude inventories are meanwhile expected to have risen last week.

A Bloomberg News survey showed stockpiles are expected to have increased by 2.58 million barrels in the week to October 9.



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