The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell 6.6 cents to $3.42 a gallon over the past week, according to GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 gas outlets in the area.
The weekly report said gas prices are now 3.4 cents per gallon lower than they were one year ago and are 1.7 cents lower than a month ago.
The national average price fell 2.2 cents over the past week to an average $3.27 a gallon 4.7 cents higher than last month and a penny more than a year ago.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, warned that the most recent drops will likely reverse as refineries begin their maintenance season, which will see refineries doing critical work preparing for summer at the expense of gasoline ... Motorists should expect more volatility in late February through May as the market generally reacts to any unexpected production-related issues, and there are generally several issues each year.
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