Why Detroit Area Gas Prices Are Trending Higher

By Peter Neumann

Why Detroit Area Gas Prices Are Trending Higher

February 18, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM EDT

DETROIT, Mi. (My TV20 News at 10) --- Average retail gasoline prices in Detroit have risen 10.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,734 gas outlets in Detroit.

This compares with the national average that has increased 11.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Detroit during the past week, prices yesterday were 46.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 60.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 42.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"The steady climb of retail gas prices is likely to continue following double-digit increases in wholesale prices with fuel production tightening in the majority of the country's refineries," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski. "Los Angeles has climbed to $4.28 per gallon with a 55-cent average price increase in the past month, and that rate was surpassed in Chicago ($4.09 average price) and Detroit ($3.86 per gallon average), where motorists saw 63- and 64-cent respective increases over the same period. New York crossed the $4 threshhold too."

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