Oil, gas prices remain steady as Memorial Day nears


Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

Drivers in the Southeast will see little change, if any, in pump prices this week. State averages for a gallon of regular retail gasoline moved less than a penny in Florida.

Facts

Current and past price averages for regular unleaded gasoline

National
Monday: $3.649
Week Ago: $3.576
Month Ago: $3.506
Year Ago: $3.701

Florida:
Monday: $3.464
Week Ago: $3.471
Month Ago: $3.488
Year Ago: $3.566

Georgia:
Monday: $3.447
Week Ago: $3.435
Month Ago: $3.350
Year Ago: $3.476

“People who plan to enjoy Memorial Day weekend will likely see stable prices at the pump and shouldn’t expect prices to spike, barring any unforeseen events that endanger fuel supplies," said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group.

“Although gas prices are nearing year-ago levels, they are not expected to deter holiday travelers from enjoying the three-day weekend,’’ she said.

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.65, 7 cents more than last week. Florida’s average of $3.46 fell 1 cent from last week. Georgia’s average of $3.45 increased 1 cent from last week.

The average price in Gainesville on Monday was $3.55, unchanged from a week ago, according to the website GasBuddy.com.

The cost for a barrel of oil remained stable last week, as well, and closed at $96.02 on the New York Mercantile Exchange — 2 cents less than the week prior.

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