Gasoline prices are down for the year, up for the month and set to “trickle” lower this week.
Average retail gasoline prices in the Tacoma area have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.67 per gallon Tuesday, according to the price monitoring service GasBuddy.
This compares with the national average that has fallen 3 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.26 per gallon, GasBuddy stated in its weekly release.
Including the change in gas prices in Tacoma during the past week, prices Monday were 53.2 cents per gallon lower than the same period one year ago and 5.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, GasBuddy reported. The national average has decreased 10 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 50.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
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The website tacomagasprices.com reported the lowest price in the Tacoma area Tuesday, $2.36 per gallon, could be found at two Arco stations or at the Tacoma Costco outlet.
The website washingtongasprices.com reported the lowest price in Olympia at $2.49 per gallon, at three Arco outlets or one 76 station.
“For the week ahead, expect much of the country to see prices continue to trickle lower while the Great Lakes states may see their first price increase in weeks as stations have undercut each other to the point where they begin losing money,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst.
“Any way you slice it, this summer has featured the cheapest Memorial Day, July Fourth and perhaps Labor Day in the last 11 years, and motorists have been responding by hitting the roads in record numbers,” DeHaan noted.
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