Posted 3/6/2005 8:39 PM Updated
3/7/2005 12:43 PM
Gas prices increasing
due to cost of crude oil, other factors
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices increased the past two weeks as
the cost of crude oil jumped, and a combination of factors could push
prices at the pump even higher, an industry analyst says.
The average retail price for all three grades increased 6.71 cents to
$2 a gallon between Feb. 19 and Friday, said Trilby Lundberg, who
publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations across
The most popular grade, self-serve regular, was priced at $1.97 a
gallon, while customers paid $2.07 for midgrade. Premium averaged
$2.16 a gallon for the period. (Video: Prices could go higher.)
During the past two weeks, crude oil prices rose $5.43 to $53.78 per
barrel. Lundberg said even higher prices can be expected at the pump.
"Gasoline prices are still lagging what has happened to crude oil,"
she said. "So more of the crude oil prices will be passed through to
Two other factors are driving up the price of gasoline. The
lowest-demand time of year has ended and people will be driving more
as spring and summer approach. In addition, supply will be tightened
by the reformulation of gasoline required by law to reduce smog during
warmer months, Lundberg said.
The highest average gas price in the nation for regular unleaded was
$2.32 per gallon in Honolulu. The lowest was $1.76 in Charleston, S.C.