As they did nationwide, Charlotte-area gas prices started rising over the last week as seasonal oil refinery maintenance gets underway.
As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Charlotte had risen 3 cents over the last week, according to auto group AAA. In both North Carolina and South Carolina, prices had increased by 4 cents, and the national average price rose 5 cents.
Refineries typically conduct maintenance this time of year to prepare for the busy summer driving season, AAA said in a report this week. Also, some refineries cut production in response to abundant supplies.
Average gas prices have moved up by about 3 cents in 30 states and Washington, D.C., over the last week, AAA figures show. Still, prices locally and nationally remain discounted from both month-ago and year-ago levels thanks to abundant supplies of gas and low oil costs.
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Below are the current average gas prices for the Charlotte region and beyond. AAA surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.