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July 9, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Average retail gasoline prices continue to fall in California, but the national average for a gallon of regular fuel rose for the first time in several weeks, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in California is $3.708, the AAA said, down 4.1 cents since last Monday. That's a decline of 43.4 cents a gallon over the past month. Here's why it might not feel like much relief: the current average is just 6.3 cents a gallon lower than it was at this time last year.
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BUSINESS
July 3, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The average retail cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California dropped to its lowest level since February and the national average fell to its lowest point since January, the Energy Department said, as pump prices continued to adjust to lower oil prices. Some parts of the country may see a slight bump in prices over the Fourth of July holiday, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, a fuel price-tracking website. "One thing is for sure," DeHaan said about the national average.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Retail gasoline prices are plunging in California, with averages dropping below $4 a gallon for the first time since mid-February, according to one fuel-price survey. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California reached $3.99, down 12.7 cents since last week, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The third straight week of double-digit price drops left the California average 1.1 cents below the 2011 level. A month earlier, the state's average was $4.35 a gallon, AAA said.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The latest streak in the nation's gasoline price pain finally ended overnight after 39 straight days of increase, the AAA Fuel Gauge Report said. But the small drop of 0.33 of a cent to a U.S. average of $3.764 for a gallon of regular was unlikely to bring any smiles to motorists. Still, analysts noted that it was the first price break since January. Gasoline prices have been on an almost relentless rise since the end of the Labor Day weekend, setting all-time records for prices in California and the nation in September, October, November, December, January, February and March.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | Ronald D. White
U.S. motorists have seen the national average for regular gasoline rise above $3.50 a gallon in just three different years, but it has never happened this early. The national average hit $3.523 a gallon, the Energy Department said Monday, up 4.1 cents from a week earlier. Analysts said the early price shocker is probably a sign that pain at the pump will rise to some of the highest levels ever this year. "This definitely sets the stage, potentially, for much higher prices later this year," said Brian L. Milne, refined-fuels editor for Telvent DTN, a commodity information services firm.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Last month turned out to be the most expensive January ever at U.S. gasoline pumps, boosted by growing economic strength. January is typically a month of falling gasoline prices because fuel demand falters in the slower travel weeks that follow the year-end holidays. Not so this year. In January, retail gasoline prices averaged $3.37 a gallon, according to the Oil Price Information Service, a private fuel information service. That compared with the previous record average for the month of $3.095 a gallon, set last year.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline prices rose in most of the U.S. during the last week and are higher than they were a year earlier, according to a federal survey released Tuesday. But the fuel bite out of the collective American wallet may not be any worse than it was a year earlier because consumption is down. The U.S. average price of self-serve regular gasoline Monday was $3.391 a gallon, up nearly a penny from a week earlier and 28.7 cents higher than a year earlier, the Energy Department said in a report delayed a day by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Today, the U.S. average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is 28.5 cents a gallon higher than it was a year ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. In California today, prices are 34.1 cents a gallon higher than those of last year. But if the Martin Luther King Jr.holiday is any guide, the fuel bite today won't be any worse on American wallets than it was last year. What gives? The reason is that U.S. drivers will burn about 36 million fewer gallons of gasoline today than they did last year, when they were bought about 370 million gallons, according to the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS)
BUSINESS
January 14, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Get ready to pay $4 a gallon or more for gasoline this spring, with possible records close to $5 over the Memorial Day weekend, analysts said. "Motorists who drive a SUV may want to consider calling their banking institution and obtain a credit-limit increase so they can afford this summer's fuel expenses," quipped Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. Look for a springtime U.S. average of $4.05 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service.
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January 13, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Maybe you'll want to start salting away money for 2012 fuel costs now. Get ready to see $4-a-gallon gasoline in various parts of the U.S. sometime this spring, according to one prediction. Another prediction says that some of the nation's biggest cities -- such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York -- will see record Memorial Day averages of $4.55 to $4.95 for a gallon of regular gasoline. The predictions come from two sources. One is the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey, which provides the daily averages for the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, using retail receipts from more than 100,000 retail outlets across the U.S. The other is the annual price outlook from GasBuddy.com, where 300,000 to 400,000 member motorists a day report and post online and through phone apps the highest and lowest local prices they see. There are more than 250 price-posting GasBuddy websites devoted to various towns and cities across the U.S. and Canada.
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