Gas prices fall

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Gasoline prices in Tacoma have fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 271 stations in Tacoma.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices were 64.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 18.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has dropped 1.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

“Much of the country continues to enjoy broad decreases in gas prices as oil prices drop to $69 per barrel. In fact, with the exception of the West Coast where an earlier natural gas pipeline shut down caused prices to up, nearly every state saw prices move lower,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “The Great Lakes has seen prices drop 30-50 cents per gallon at individual stations since the start of October, leading decliners. The fall relief that has been expected for weeks has finally arrived.”

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