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Charlotte’s gas prices keep falling despite heightened demand

In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass.
In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. AP

As is the case nationwide, gas prices in the Charlotte area keep falling despite the typical heightened summertime demand for fuel.

As of early Wednesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte region had fallen 4 cents over the week, according to auto group AAA. In North and South Carolina, average prices also fell 4 cents over the week, and the national average price fell by a nickel.

Summer usually means higher gas prices nationwide since more people are taking road trips and refineries are producing a pricier type of oil. But this year, AAA said, supply is keeping up with demand and should continue to, barring any unexpected disruptions.

The national average gas price has now fallen for 10 days straight. Prices at the pump are at their lowest levels for this week of the year since 2005, AAA said in a report this week.

Below are the average prices in the Charlotte metro, which includes Gastonia and Rock Hill, in the Carolinas and in the U.S. AAA surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$2.18

$2.21

$2.03

$2.32

Week ago

$2.22

$2.25

$2.07

$2.37

Year ago

$2.65

$2.68

$2.48

$2.79

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