Gasoline prices in Sacramento and statewide fell 3 cents a gallon on Thursday, and the pace of declining at-the-pump costs seems to be picking up speed.
After falling about a penny a day late last week, prices fell a nickel a gallon over a two-day period.
In Sacramento, AAA said the average for unleaded regular Thursday was $4.41 a gallon, down from $4.44 on Wednesday and $4.53 one week ago.
Gas prices soared shortly after Oct. 1, when a series of production disruptions at refineries throughout California lowered statewide supplies.
Early state approval for refineries to produce cheaper winter-grade gas and other factors subsequently pushed wholesale gas prices downward, but decreases in gas prices have been slow compared with the early October spike.
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