The plunge in oil prices was supposed to help consumers by boosting their disposable incomes. Things aren't quite going according to plan.
Not all consumers in Asia are benefiting from far lower oil prices at the pump despite a 70 percent crash in oil prices due to a variety of reasons from government subsidies to taxation, a Barclays study found.
Crude oil prices have fallen 70 percent since June 2014 amid an extended decline due to a global energy surplus. The moves have rattled global markets, sent investors scurrying out of riskier debt and rumbled currencies of energy exporters.