U.S. average retail gasoline prices fell over the last three weeks, as supplies were plentiful despite rising demand with summer travelers taking to the road, according to a nationwide survey released Sunday.
The national average for self-serve regular gas dropped more than 2 cents to $1.4034 a gallon in the three weeks ended June 7, about 29 cents below the level last year, according to the Lundberg survey of 8,000 gas stations.
Prices at the pump rose rapidly in the early spring as tensions in the Middle East raised crude oil prices. They have since leveled off as heavy imports from Europe help to build up a big surplus compared with last year.
"The biggest factor in the price change over the past three weeks is lower crude oil prices," Trilby Lundberg, editor of the survey, said.