WASHINGTON D.C. --- The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline rose 3.8 cents to reach 218.5 cents per gallon, increasing for the first time in 10 weeks, the Energy Department reported. Prices varied throughout the nation, with the Gulf Coast seeing the largest increase of 6.7 cents to 214.4 cents per gallon, according to the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration (EIA). The West Coast saw the biggest drop --- 6.2 cents to 225.6 cents per gallon --- but still had the highest regional price in the country. California prices fell 5.8 cents to 227.7 cents per gallon. East Coast prices gained 5.6 cents to 218.1 cents per gallon. Retail diesel fuel prices gained 1.1 cents to reach 243.6 cents per gallon. Price changes were mixed throughout the country, with the Rocky Mountains seeing the largest regional decrease of 7 cents to 240.1 cents per gallon. East Coast diesel prices rose 3 cents to 245.8 cents per gallon. West Coast prices, the highest in the country, averaged 250 cents per gallon after falling 3.8 cents, the EIA reported.

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