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Gas prices in Charlotte and beyond continue to rise

Traffic on I-77 North of Charlotte looking south from the Highway 21 bridge in a January file photo.
Traffic on I-77 North of Charlotte looking south from the Highway 21 bridge in a January file photo. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Gas prices in the Charlotte region and the rest of the U.S. continue to rise as refineries perform scheduled maintenance to get ready for the busy summer driving season.

As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas had risen 11 cents in the Charlotte area over the last week, according to auto group AAA. Prices are up across all states, and the national average price rose 14 cents over the week.

Regular refinery maintenance slows production of oil, which weighs on gas prices, AAA said in a report this week. At the same time, demand for gas typically starts to rise around this time of year as the weather warms up.

Lower-than-expected oil prices and ample supplies should keep prices at the pump relatively low, AAA said. Charlotte-area drivers are currently saving more than 50 cents a gallon compared with this time last year.

Below are fuel prices in Charlotte, the Carolinas and the U.S., according to AAA, which surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.80

$1.86

$1.71

$1.95

Week ago

$1.69

$1.73

$1.56

$1.81

Year ago

$2.32

$2.33

$2.15

$2.43

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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