The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday that crude inventories increased by 1.6 million barrels last week to 449.7 million, compared with analysts polled by Reuters forecast for a decline of 933,<> barrels.

Oil inventories at the delivery center in Cushing, Oklahoma, increased by 1.9 million barrels last week, the department said.

U.S. refinery crude consumption increased by 518,<> bpd last week, it said.

Refinery operating rates rose 2.8 percentage points last week.

The administration said gasoline inventories increased by 1.8 million barrels to 218.2 million last week, compared with analysts polled by Reuters forecasts for an increase of 229,<> barrels.

The department's data showed distillate inventories, which include diesel and heating oil, rose 5.2 million barrels over the past week to 110.8 million, while expectations pointed to a decline of 394,<>.

The IEA said U.S. net crude oil imports fell last week by 665,<> barrels per day.