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Gas prices rise along with crude oil

Staff report

So much for gas prices continuing to drop at the pump. The latest news from GasBuddy.com is that average retail prices in Tacoma have risen 8.7 cents a gallon in one week. This is a bigger jump than the national average, which rose 2.7 cents a gallon.

According to Tacomagasprices.com, low prices leaders in the area Tuesday were the 76 station at Bridgeport Way West and Cirque Drive West at $2.24 a gallon. The Tacoma Costco at 37th and Steele streets and two Arco stations (one at Orchard and 56 streets and another at Pacific Avenue and 84th Street) were next in line at $2.25. The average price in Tacoma was $2.51, a penny higher than the state average. In Olympia, the Arco station at Martin Way East near Nisqually Cutoff Road Southeast had the lowest price Tuesday at $2.27, according to washingtongasprices.com.

“Motorists were hit with rising gas prices in 33 of the nation’s 50 states, catching up with recent increases in crude oil prices, while the Midwest, stung from increases from the previous week, saw relief,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "While we'll see lower gasoline prices return to much of the country in the weeks ahead, these types of isolated blips in gasoline prices do occasionally happen during times when crude oil prices are volatile.”

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