Average gas prices--January 5, 2009

Consumer Reports News: January 05, 2009 05:13 PM

Gasoline prices have risen in most areas, though diesel prices continued to decrease in much of the country, compared against the week before. On average, gasoline prices rose about seven cents, but the Midwest in particular saw a significant 17-cent increase. The national gasoline average is now about a $1.43 below the price this time last year. Diesel fuel is now $1.09 below this time last year.

National retail fuel price averages

Price Change from last week
Regular gasoline/gallon $1.68  .07
Diesel fuel/gallon $2.29  .04

Regional regular gasoline prices

Price Change from last week
East Coast $1.64  .01
  -New England $1.67  .02
  -Central Atlantic $1.67  .01
  -Lower Atlantic $1.62  .03
Midwest $1.73  .17
Gulf Coast $1.55  .05
Rocky Mountain $1.50 .01
West Coast $1.85 .06
  -California $1.87 .06

Energy Information Administration, 1/5/09. Figures rounded to the nearest cent.

For more information on saving fuel see our reports on how to get the best gas mileage and where to find the cheapest gas.


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