Gasoline and diesel fuel prices up for the seventh week in a row

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The U.S. average retail price of regular gasoline increased 3.6 cents this week to reach $3.83 per gallon, 26 cents per gallon higher than last year at this time. The Rocky Mountain region led the way for a second week, with retail prices in the region jumping almost 15 cents to $3.48 per gallon. The Rocky Mountain price has increased about 28 cents over the last two weeks, but remains the lowest regional average in the Nation. The smallest change came on the East Coast, where the price increased less than a penny to stay at $3.77 per gallon. The West Coast price increased about two cents to reach $4.22 per gallon. On the Gulf Coast the average price is now $3.65 per gallon, and the Midwest price is now two cents below the national average at $3.81 per gallon.

The national average diesel fuel price rose about three cents to $4.12 per gallon, 22 cents per gallon higher than last year at this time. Diesel prices were up across all regions, with the biggest increase coming in the Rocky Mountains for the second week, with prices about eight cents higher than last week's average. The East Coast price increased less than a penny to remain at $4.17 per gallon. On the Gulf Coast, the average price is $4.04 per gallon, and on the West Coast diesel increased about five cents to reach $4.42 per gallon, the highest regional average price in the United States. The Midwest has the lowest average diesel price in the Nation at $4.02 per gallon.



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