PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.62 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania.
This compares with the national average that has increased 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50 gallon, according to gasoline price Web site GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Pennsylvania during the past week, prices yesterday were 6.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 5.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 15.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 15.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“The national average has unsurprisingly continued its march higher, and for the sixth consecutive week, motorists have faced rising gasoline prices,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
“While the rate that gasoline prices may slow nationally this week, I don’t yet believe we’ve seen the peak in prices. Refineries are in the middle of one of their two major yearly maintenance seasons, which means as refineries wrap up their work in April, we could see restarting issues, which could bring the spikes in gasoline prices we’re nearly accustom to seeing every spring,” DeHaan said.
GasBuddy operates PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.