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Charlotte-area gas prices fall 1 cent over the week

In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, vehicles form a line behind a motorist re-fueling at a gas station, in Newark, N.J.
In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, vehicles form a line behind a motorist re-fueling at a gas station, in Newark, N.J. AP

Average gas prices in the Charlotte area and in the rest of the Carolinas fell slightly over the week. But according to auto group AAA, the average gas price nationwide is the cheapest it’s been for this time of year since 2009.

As of early Tuesday, average prices at the pump had fallen 1 cent over the week in Charlotte and in North Carolina, AAA said. In South Carolina, prices fell 2 cents, and nationwide, the average price rose 1 cent.

Oil refineries throughout the U.S. are starting to switch over to summer-blend gasoline, which costs more to produce and can result in higher gas prices, AAA said in a report this week. Continued refinery maintenance and higher demand as the weather warms up are two factors that are expected to lead to rising gas prices throughout the country.

Still, AAA said, drivers should enjoy comparatively low gas prices thanks to the abundance and low cost of crude oil.

Below are the average prices locally and nationally. AAA surveys 120,000 stations throughout the U.S. to determine average costs.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.97

$1.97

$1.85

$2.05

Week ago

$1.98

$1.98

$1.87

$2.04

Year ago

$2.27

$2.28

$2.10

$2.39

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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