Sacramento-area motorists continue to catch a break at the gas pumps as the Labor Day holiday weekend draws nearer.
The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell another 4.4 cents, to $3.69 a gallon, over the past week, according to today's weekly report by national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
Area prices are now 36.7 cents lower than one year ago and 19.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
Nationally, the average price of gas fell just 0.4 cents over the past week to $3.57 a gallon - 13 cents below a year ago and down 10.8 cents from last month.
"Americans are now shelling out $50 million less per day than they were last year (at this time)," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "Most states are seeing their average below last year, and as summer slowly fades, gasoline prices may as well in many communities.
"Cooler weather typically brings relief as demand declines and discretionary travel ebbs. I expect that pump prices may drift lower over the next few days ... "
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