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January 18, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
California's average gasoline price jumped nearly 9 cents a gallon in the last week, a federal survey showed Tuesday, continuing a surge that threatens to keep prices high into the peak summer driving season. In New York, crude oil and gasoline futures soared on political tensions in Iran and Nigeria as well as a major outage at a U.S. refinery. Light, sweet crude for February delivery rose $2.39, or 3.7%, to $66.
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July 21, 2009 | Ronald D. White
The average retail price of gasoline fell about 5 cents a gallon in California and nearly 7 cents nationwide over the last week, the Energy Department said Monday, as prices continued to recede from the highs of the year set June 22. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline statewide dropped to $2.829, down 5.1 cents for the week and 17.6 cents since June 22, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations. The U.S. average declined 6.5 cents to $2.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Pump prices continued to fall in California and the rest of the nation, but they remained at record levels for the end of November. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell 6.8 cents over the last week to $3.718, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey. That was 56.6 cents higher than the year-earlier per-gallon average and 32 cents higher than the old record for this time of year, which was set in 2007. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline declined 6.1 cents to $3.307.
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June 1, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gas prices fell again in the last week, the Energy Department said, but fuel costs are still higher for this time of year than at any time since 2008. In California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline fell 6.5 cents to $4.056 a gallon, according to the Energy Department's weekly telephone survey of services stations around the U.S. That was still $1.032 more than a year earlier and the highest price for this time of year since the $4.242 a gallon recorded June 2, 2008.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2010 | By Walter Hamilton and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered petroleum giant BP agreed Tuesday to sell oil and natural gas fields in the United States and other countries to rival Apache Corp. for $7 billion in its biggest move yet to raise money to pay reparations for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company announced plans to sell its Permian Basin fields in Texas and New Mexico — acquired as part of the purchase of Los Angeles-based Arco in 2000 — as well as properties in Canada and Egypt. Apache was said to be interested in BP's Alaskan assets, but they weren't part of the deal.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Analysts said that the record-breaking climb of California gasoline prices could end as early as today, if the state manages to avoid any new refinery problems. Analysts said the price jump was already slowing down even as Gov. Jerry Brown decided Sunday to ease the state's gas-blend requirements to allow refiners to process the less expensive winter blend of fuel three weeks early. Today, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California is up just 1.3 cents overnight, to $4.668 a gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Analysts said that a crude-oil glut from increasing domestic production and imports from Canada helped drive U.S. oil prices below $100. They added that a change in the flow of a key U.S. oil pipeline that begins this week could help reduce retail gasoline prices. The U.S. Energy Department says that crude oil inventories at a storage hub in Cushing, Okla., reached a record 45.1 million barrels on May 11, breaking the old record of 41.9 million barrels set in early AprilĀ  2011.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Pump prices for gasoline in California edged slightly lower over the last week but were on the rise just about everywhere else in the nation, the Energy Department said Monday. The bump in retail prices also helped drive oil futures marginally higher, Wall Street analysts said. Gasoline prices had drifted as low as they could go in recent weeks, those analysts said, because some recent refinery outages had limited supply -- and demand is expected to go up. Experts were expecting a surge in demand as motorists returned to driving after harsh storms dropped large amounts of snow in parts of the Eastern U.S. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell 0.8 cents to $2.918, its lowest level since Dec. 21, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Doubts about a plan to bail Greece out of its financial mess helped drive oil back under $85 a barrel in trading Monday, analysts said, adding that gasoline prices will probably see their peak for the year by the Memorial Day holiday. For now, pump prices are holding steady, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations, released Monday. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell two-tenths of a penny to $3.088. The California average has varied by just three cents over the last six weeks.
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