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Gasoline prices continue spring slide

Gasoline prices continue spring slide

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Apr 15, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. - Gasoline prices across Southwest Florida are in a spring slide.  The price for a gallon of regular unleaded is heading toward $3.50.

AAA reports that oil and gas prices fell again as more pessimistic news about the economy was released last week. Fuel prices decreased further after the Commerce Department reported retail sales dropped in March and a report showed consumer sentiment is at a nine-month low.

Fuel demand has lagged since the start of the year, causing both OPEC and the Energy Information Administration to cut their global oil demand outlook for the year. This comes at a time when U.S. oil output is at a 20-year high and supplies are plentiful.

"Oil and gas prices will likely continue on this downward trend until stronger economic figures are reported,” said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group. “Although the economic news is less than great, motorists will welcome the falling gas prices as the summer driving season begins.”

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.53, 7 cent less than last week. Florida’s average of $3.53.  That's down almost 6 cents a gallon and off by more than 20 cents over the last month.