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Central Ohio gas prices spike nearly 18 cents a gallon

 
Central Ohio gas prices spike nearly 18 cents a gallon
Posted January 13th, 2014 @ 8:57am by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Average retail gasoline prices in Columbus have risen 17.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41, according to GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 500 gas outlets in Columbus.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.29 a gallon.

Statewide, the average price was $3.38 a gallon, 9 cents more than last week according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

"As expected, the deep freeze during the last week impacted more than just the air temperature, but also kept a grip on gasoline prices," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"We saw very little change in the national average during the last seven days, and it's likely that the winter blues continue to lead to an overall dull next few weeks at gasoline pumps across much of the country", DeHann said.

"Due to the slow demand that January and February typically see, it'd really take a monumental ice breaker to crack the grip that holds the national average in place. I forsee prices remaining relatively quiet this week," DeHaan said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)


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