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Charlotte-area gas prices flat over the week

In this Jan. 23 file photo, vehicles form a line behind a motorist re-fueling at a gas station, in Newark, N.J.
In this Jan. 23 file photo, vehicles form a line behind a motorist re-fueling at a gas station, in Newark, N.J. AP

Gas prices in the Charlotte region remained flat over the last week and drivers locally now pay an average of $1 less for a gallon of unleaded gas compared with this time last year.

Nationally, average gas prices ticked up because of regional oil refinery maintenance, which is nearing its peak for the season, according to a report this week from auto group AAA.

Ample domestic supplies should temper regional price spikes, AAA said, and before the end of the year, drivers may be paying less than $2 per gallon for the first time since 2009.

Once again, South Carolina drivers pay the least for gas of any state in the U.S. Drivers in western states, including California and Nevada, pay the most.

Below are the local and national prices for a gallon of unleaded gas as of early Tuesday. AAA surveys 120,000 gas stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

National

Current

$2.12

$2.15

$1.97

$2.31

Week ago

$2.12

$2.14

$1.96

$2.29

Year ago

$3.12

$3.16

$2.98

$3.20

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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