Monday, January 09, 2012

Gas Prices Rise In Florida

Gasoline Price Gaining Speed Upward

LABELLE, FL. -- Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have risen 12.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 7.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website

Surprisingly, prices in Hendry and Glades county, Florida matched average prices increases throughout Florida this weekend. Normally, local retailers price gas about 10 cents higher than average Florida prices.

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 33.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 13.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 27.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"Gas prices are rising across much of the nation as Iran has continued to threaten closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Think back to the days following the start of the crisis in Libya- an event that also rattled energy markets- we're seeing similar emotions play out even though there hasn't yet been a disruption to supply. I would blame emotion for the recent uptick in gasoline prices, nothing else," DeHaan said.

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