Brent crude oil price dips below $50 a barrel

The price of Brent Crude oil has fallen below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2009.

It fell more than a dollar to $49.92 a barrel in early trading on Wednesday before edging back above the $50 mark.

Slowing global growth and increased supply of oil and gas have pushed prices sharply lower in recent weeks.

The price of oil traded in the United States has already breached the $50 threshold.

Many expect the price of oil to fall further as North American shale producers continue to supply increasing quantities of oil and gas, and the oil-producing group Opec resists calls for cuts in production to support prices.

CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said “With no sign that OPEC will do anything about over-production, it seems likely that we could well see further declines towards $40 in the coming weeks,”

Whilst many consumers and businesses welcome a drop in the cost of fuel, oil producing countries including Russia and Venezuela struggle as the price of their main export falls.