Gas price up slightly, diesel price down slightly to start 2013

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The U.S. average retail price of regular gasoline increased less than a penny to remain at $3.30 per gallon, down eight cents from last year at this time. Prices were up in all coastal regions of the nation and down in interior regions. The largest increase came on the Gulf Coast, where the price is up six cents to $3.17 per gallon. The East Coast price is $3.44 per gallon, an increase of four cents from last week, and the West Coast price is up three cents to $3.49 per gallon. The largest decrease came in the Midwest, where the price dropped eight cents to $3.14 per gallon. Rounding out the regions, the Rocky Mountain price is below $3 per gallon for the first time since February 2011, after decreasing eight cents to $2.94 per gallon.

The national average diesel fuel price decreased a penny to $3.91 per gallon, eight cents higher than last year at this time. The price on the East Coast was unchanged, remaining at $4.01 per gallon for a third consecutive week, and the Gulf Coast price increased a penny to $3.84 per gallon, while prices in all other regions decreased. The Rocky Mountain region saw the largest decrease, falling six cents to $3.69 per gallon. The Midwest price is now $3.87 per gallon, a drop of two cents from last week. Rounding out the regions, the West Coast price decreased less than a penny to remain at $3.99 per gallon.



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