The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell another 3.6 cents over the past week to $3.84 a gallon, according to today's report by national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
Sacramento prices are now 18.1 cents lower than a year ago and 7.8 cents lower than a month ago. Area at-the-pump prices have fallen more than 12 cents in the past three weeks.
Nationally, the average price was unchanged from the previous week. The average of $3.64 a gallon is 7.8 cents higher than a year ago and up 6.9 cents from last month.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said relatively stable crude oil prices and moderate consumer demand have kept prices in check in most parts of the country.
In the Great Lakes region, however, gas prices have skyrocketed.
DeHaan said motorists in the Great Lakes states have been hit by refinery shutdowns, maintenance and "other problems that have hampered production of gasoline."
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