Gas prices improve in Gainesville


Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Gasoline prices remained steady over the past week - and dipped lower in Gainesville - as the national average price for a gallon of regular sat near its lowest for the year.

Facts

Average price for a gallon of regular gasoline

U.S.
Monday: $3.343
One week earlier: $3.346
One month earlier: $3.531
One year earlier: $3.794

Florida
Monday: $3.288
One week earlier: $3.298
One month earlier: $3.484
One year earlier: $3.719

Source: AAA

Experts with the auto club AAA forecast that global supply and demand will push the price lower.

"When the government reopens, motorists will likely see gas prices inch back up a bit on optimism the economy will get a jump start," said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman with The Auto Club Group. "Otherwise, supply and demand stats point to lower pump prices."

The national average price for a gallon of regular was $3.34 on Monday, about the same as last Monday, according to AAA. In Florida the average price dropped 1 cent to $3.29 a gallon.

In Gainesville, the price of gasoline improved a few cents. According to the crowd-sourcing website www.gasbuddy.com, the average Gainesville price fell more than 5 cents over the week to $3.36.

In Ocala, the price of gasoline remain pretty much steady over the week at $3.28 a gallon.

The cost for a barrel of oil closed last Friday at $102.02 on the NYMEX — $1.82 less than the week prior, according to AAA.

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