For the first time in nearly a month, Sacramento-area gasoline prices climbed over the past week.
The average retail price of gasoline in the area is $3.89 a gallon, up 4.8 cents from the previous week, according to Monday's weekly report by national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
Sacramento prices are now 13.9 cents higher than a year ago but 5.7 cents lower than a month ago.
Nationally, the average price of gas fell 3.8 cents over the past week to $3.57 a gallon - 12 cents higher than a year ago and down 9.5 cents from last month.
"Relief continues to show up at pumps in the Great Lakes, while the opposite trend has started in California," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.. "Gasoline prices are certainly a bit wacky right now across the country with prices moving in difference directions.
"But from what we saw in the last few days with oil prices (down below $93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange), I'm hopeful that most areas of the United States will see new or continued relief for at least the first half of this week, with some areas seeing a continued drop for most of this week."
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