Average gasoline prices are going down

Average gasoline prices are going down The national average price of self-serve regular gasoline is $1.837 per gallon, down 12 cents since mid-November, AAA's daily, online Fuel Gauge Report (www.fuelgaugereport. com) shows.

The nationwide gas price reached $2.033 per gallon on Oct. 29, short of the all-time record high price of $2.054 per gallon set last May 26. Since that time gasoline prices have been declining as the price of crude oil has come down. Crude oil reached $55 per barrel before the Nov. 2 election and fell to $41 per barrel at the beginning of December; where it currently remains.

Nationwide, the price of self-serve, mid-grade averages $1.951 per gallon, a decrease of 14 cents per gallon since last month, and 38.6 cents higher than one year ago. Self-serve premium averages $2.022 per gallon, down 14.6 cents since mid-November and 40.1 cents higher than one year ago.

The South Dakota statewide average price for self-serve regular gasoline is $1.854 per gallon, down 11.4 cents from last month. In Sioux Falls the average is $1.816, down 9.5 cents from last month.

The Rapid City average is $1.910, down 9.7 cents in the past month.

The national average prices for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline for AAA's mid-December survey for the last five years are: 2003, $1.559; 2002, $1.346; 2001, $1.449; 2000, $1.505; and 1999, $1.163. In South Dakota, the average prices for the same time period are as follows: 2003, $1.495; 2002, $1.384; 2001, $1.149; 2000, $1.522; 1999, $1.2863.

AAA's Fuel Gauge Report is based on data from Oil Price Information Service, the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information. AAA purchases the data and makes it available free on the Internet as a public service.

Average daily prices for the nation, all 50 states and more than 250 localities are available for all grades of gasoline, making the site the most current and complete public source of fuel price information. For more information, go to www.fuelgaugereport.com.

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