Gas prices rise sharply
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
Gas prices have risen faster than expected so far this month and will likely rise further, according to AAA.
Average price for a gallon of regular gasoline
A week earlier: $3.349
A month earlier: $3.299
A week earlier: $3.422
A month earlier: $3.392
"A positive economic outlook, supply issues, refinery maintenance, and preparation for the summer fuel switch helped push oil prices closer to $100 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange," according to the auto club's weekly Fuel Price Brief. "As a result, gas prices increased at a faster rate than expected."
The national average price for a gallon of regular was $3.523, compared to $3.349 a week earlier, according to AAA. In Florida, the average price was $3.569, up more than 14 cents from the previous Monday.
In Gainesville, the low prices reported were from $3.47 to $3.56 a gallon, according to www.gasbuddy.com.