Gas prices rose slightly in the Sacramento area over the past week.
The average retail price of gas in the area rose about a penny to $3.53 per gallon, according to the latest weekly report by GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 local gas outlets. That was on top of a surge of 6.2 cents the previous week.
The average area price is now 5.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and 9.1 cents higher than a month ago. Nationally, the average retail price of gas was virtually unchanged from the previous week, at $3.30 a gallon – up 5.7 cents from last month and 3.3 cents higher than one year ago.
“For much of the week ahead, we may see the freeze at the pump continue as oil prices have recently shed some of their gains from late December,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “January and February see some of weakest demand for gasoline in the year, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the average move slightly downward in the next couple weeks.”
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