Sacramento-area gas prices, which barely moved in late August and early September, moved ever so slightly downward last week.
The average price of gas in the area fell 2.5 cents to $4.06 a gallon over the past week, according to today's weekly report by SactoGasPrices.com, a GasBuddy.com website.
Pump prices are now 21.4 cents per gallon higher than they were one year ago but only 0.7 cents higher than last month.
Nationally, GasBuddy said the average price of gas increased 2.3 cents over the past week to $3.86 a gallon - up 15.8 cents from last month and 24.9 cents from last year.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, believes prices will slowly creep downward in coming weeks but believes it's possible that "2012 will have featured the highest yearly (gas price) average ever" in various metro areas and nationwide.
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