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Gas prices begin to drop for first time in 2018

by Minden Press-Herald

Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,436 gas outlets in Louisiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Louisiana during the past week, prices Sunday were 29.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 3.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on February 12 in Louisiana have ranged widely over the last five years:

$2.10/g in 2017, $1.54/g in 2016, $2.06/g in 2015, $3.12/g in 2014 and $3.40/g in 2013.

“The wait is over- 2018’s first weekly drop at gas pumps has arrived with the national average losing ground in the last week. As the Dow Jones average swung violently, oil prices lost considerable ground, falling below $60 per barrel for the first time this year. In addition, a weekly report from the government showed a trifecta of inventory increases: crude oil, gasoline and distillate inventories all gained, pushing wholesale gasoline prices down and paving the way for gas prices to cool off,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

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