Gas prices continue upward trend

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Average retail gasoline prices in North Carolina have risen 14.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.68 per gallon as of Sunday (Feb. 17), according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,092 gas outlets across the state.

This compares with the national average that has increased 11.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

The price in the Ahoskie market is 10 cents per gallon higher than the state and national averages. On Sunday, the majority of gas stations in the Ahoskie market were selling unleaded regular for $3.78 per gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in North Carolina during the past week, prices on Sunday were 3.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 31.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 42.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The steady climb of retail gas prices is likely to continue following double-digit increases in wholesale prices with fuel production tightening in the majority of the country’s refineries,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski. “Los Angeles has climbed to $4.28 per gallon with a 55-cent average price increase in the past month, and that rate was surpassed in Chicago ($4.09 average price) and Detroit ($3.86 per gallon average), where motorists saw 63- and 64-cent respective increases over the same period. New York crossed the $4 threshhold too.”

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