Updated from 11:32 a.m.Crude oil futures tumbled again Wednesday as traders appeared to take their cues not from government data showing inventory declines but from news that demand for gasoline and distillates has dropped. Trading was chopping for some time after the latest oil inventory numbers were released, but at the end of the session light, sweet crude for November delivery had a loss of $1.11 to $62.79 a barrel on the Nymex. Natural gas fell 4 cents to $14.18 per mmBtu. Unleaded gasoline futures dropped 11 cents to $1.92 a gallon, and heating oil slipped 3 cents to $2.013 a gallon. The government's weekly inventory report showed a 300,000-barrel decline in crude inventories. Gas stocks were down by 4.3 million barrels, while distillate stores fell by 5.6 million barrels. Over the last four weeks, gasoline demand has averaged nearly 8.8 million barrels a day, or 2.6% below the same period last year, the government said. Distillate fuel demand has averaged 3.9 million barrels a day in the last month, down 3.8% from a year ago. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said refineries operated at 69.8% of their capacity last week, and gasoline and distillate production declined an average of 7.5 million barrels a day and 3 million barrels a day, respectively. U.S. crude oil imports averaged 8.1 million barrels a day last week, down nearly 1.6 million barrels a day from the previous week. Total motor gasoline imports last week averaged above 1.4 million barrels a day, the highest weekly average ever. Distillate fuel imports averaged 310,000 barrels a day, an increase of 126,000 barrels over the previous week. The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service said of the 4,000 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico that it administers, 3,050 were in the path of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A preliminary damage assessment indicates that 108 of the older facilities were destroyed. Those platforms account for 1.7% of the Gulf's oil production and 0.9% of gas production.