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AAA survey: California monthly gas prices dip in April

The latest AAA monthly gas price survey, released this week, was a sharp reversal from the mid-March tally of California’s gasoline costs.

In Sacramento, AAA said the average cost – as of April 14 – for unleaded regular was $2.92 a gallon, down 37 cents from the same period last month. By comparison, the local average spiked 74 cents from mid-February to mid-March.

Statewide, the average price was $3.10 a gallon, a 33-cent monthly decline after a 78-cent spike between February and March.

The least expensive gas in Northern California was in Marysville, where the average for unleaded regular was $2.80 a gallon, down 41 cents in one month.

Energy analysts expect at-the-pump prices to continue declining, but AAA warned that costs could increase as summer approaches.

“Despite falling for the majority of the previous month, retail averages maintain the potential to inch upward short-term as we approach the summer driving season,” Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman, said in a statement. “The price at the pump remains heavily influenced by the global price of crude and the ability of domestic refineries to manage scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.”

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