The price of gasoline continues to slide.
Average retail gasoline prices in Tacoma fell 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57 per gallon as the week began, according to a daily survey of 271 Tacoma-area gasoline outlets by the petroleum monitoring service GasBuddy.
The South Sound figure compares with a national average that has fallen a half cent per gallon in the past week to $2.12 per gallon, GasBuddy.com stated in its weekly release.
Including the change in gas prices in Tacoma during the past week, prices this weekend were 55.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 11.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, GasBuddy said. The national average has decreased 12.1 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 47.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
The lowest price in the area Monday, $2.17 per gallon, could be found at either a Central Tacoma Costco outlet or at an Arco station in Southwest Tacoma, according to the website tacomagasprices.com. In Olympia, three stations were selling at $2.29 a gallon: Fast Fuel at Lilly and Stoll roads, the 76 station at Martin Way East and Kingham Street Southeast and Arco at Martin Way East and Ranger Drive Southeast, according to washingtongasprices.com.
“(Texas) crude oil ended the week nearly $3 higher than where it began,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “While that may create a brief pause early this week in the decline of retail gasoline, we expect that the prevailing price trend — incremental decline — will resume shortly, barring any additional refinery problems in the Midwest, or, potential Atlantic hurricane activity.”
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