In 2012, Thanksgiving Features Highest-ever Average Daily Gas Price for the Holiday

Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.43 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site

Including the change in gas prices in Pennsylvania during the past week, prices yesterday were 23.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 11.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“While Thanksgiving 2012 is now behind us, the stigma of record high gasoline prices is not,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Thanksgiving Day 2012 featured the highest-ever daily average for the holiday, beating out 2011 by over 10-cents per gallon.

“The national average may continue to moderate slightly by Christmas, but I’m not expecting significant decreases or increases in the national average in the short-term at this point. There are several factors putting both upward pressure and downward pressure on oil and gasoline, and I expect some fluctuation in prices, but overall, there will likely not be much change between today and Christmas.”


GasBuddy operates 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 20 million times to help motorists find gasoline prices in their area. In Pennsylvania, GasBuddy tracks price changes at 5,269 retail outlets.

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