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Gas and Diesel Prices Falling Nationwide, New Report Says

June 07, 2012

PORTLAND, MN – Wright Express (WEX) released its latest update on gasoline and diesel prices, noting that the average retail gasoline prices has dropped to $3.57 per gallon as of early June.

WEX said this is the lowest price since Feb. 21, and that it has been on a decline since it peaked on April 6 at a price of $3.94 per gallon. Currently, prices are more than 20 cents per gallon below what prices were a year ago, and WEX said analysts are predicting gas price declines will continue in the coming weeks.

WEX noted that retail gasoline prices typically drop 10% from their spring price peak but trend upward during the middle of summer due to supply disruption concerns caused by hurricanes.

As Automotive Fleet has reported previously, gas prices on the West Coast haven’t fallen like they have elsewhere in the U.S., with the average price remaining above $4 per gallon, according to WEX. That said, prices are falling, and WEX said analysts are predicting large price drops in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Diesel prices have fallen roughly 17 cents per gallon during the past 30 days, WEX stated. Lower diesel supplies than usual could cause the price to spike at the end of summer, according to analysts.  

In general, WEX said prices aren’t likely to remain stable, as an economic collapse in the Eurozone could send prices falling further, but escalating tensions with Iran could push prices higher.

The table from WEX below shows the monthly price per gallon on a regional basis for the month of May 2012.

CityAverage Unleaded PPGAverage Diesel PPG
Atlanta, GA $3.540 $3.939
Boston, MA $3.778 $4.108
Chicago, IL $4.083 $3.994
Dallas, TX $3.521 $3.889
Denver, CO $3.767 $3.867
Detroit, MI $3.781 $4.026
Houston, TX $3.621 $3.851
Los Angeles, CA $4.337 $4.352
Memphis, TN $3.428 $3.865
Miami, FL $3.704 $4.038
Minneapolis, MN $3.645 $3.975
New Orleans, LA $3.495 $3.831
Philadelphia, PA $3.755 $4.150
Phoenix, AZ $3.807 $3.937
Portland, OR $4.179 $4.125
San Francisco, CA $4.374 $4.517
Seattle, WA $4.259 $4.473
St. Louis, MO $3.558 $3.756
Washington, DC $3.912 $4.129
National Average, US $3.724 $3.982
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