February 20, 2013

New York gas prices continue to rise


NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have risen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.96 per gallon this past Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average, which has increased 11.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68 per gallon, according to the website

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 10.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 26.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 42.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The steady climb of retail gas prices is likely to continue following double-digit increases in wholesale prices with fuel production tightening in the majority of the country’s refineries,” Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski said in a news release.

“Los Angeles has climbed to $4.28 per gallon with a 55-cent average price increase in the past month, and that rate was surpassed in Chicago ($4.09 average price) and Detroit ($3.86 per gallon average), where motorists saw 63- and 64-cent respective increases over the same period. New York crossed the $4 threshold, too.”

GasBuddy operates and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada.

In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times, to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.