Gas prices up nearly 6 cents in the past week

The Mint Hill Times

Photo by Daryl Mitchell

Will gas prices ever stop going up or is this the new norm? Unrest in the middle east seems to be fueling the recent surge in gas prices. The price for gas has already reached a 30-year high for March, and if they continue to rise as the busy summer season approaches, we could be looking at $4 per gallon that we had just after Hurricane Katrina in 2008. The average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64/g Sunday according to CharlotteGasPrices.com. This compares with the national average that has increased 7.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.64/g.

Including the change in gas prices in Charlotte during the past week, prices Sunday were 89.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 17.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 79.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

 

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Gas prices in Charlotte area are above the national average

The Mint Hill TimesAverage retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have risen 0.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.55 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 per gallon, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Gas prices were around $2.60 per gallon last September and have risen steadily since—almost $1 in most places. Mint Hill’s average is about the same as the rest of Charlotte. One station offered gas for $3.50—the lowest in Mint Hill, while the highest price per gallon was $3.54. The lowest gas prices in Charlotte are on the south and west sides closest to the South Carolina border.

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Gas prices still rising in Charlotte area

According to the site CharlotteGasPrices.com, the average retail gasoline price in Charlotte have risen 13.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 12.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website.

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Yikes! Gas prices up 16 cents in the past week

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Now’s a great time to think about buying that hybrid car you’ve had your eye on. That’s because the average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have risen 16.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/g as of Sunday. This is not far off from the national average which has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Prices yesterday were 69.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 32.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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Did the Gulf oil disaster hurt local BP stations?

That’s the question posed by the Mecklenburg Times. According to Chad Earp, owner of three Earp’s BP stations, his stores in Mint Hill haven’t seen that much of a decrease in sales.

“Our loyal customers know that we weren’t the cause of this spill and they understand these individually owned and operated store owners take the front of the criticism,” said Earp, a third-generation gas station owner who took after his father and grandfather. “We are just as upset about the spill as the motoring public is. I hope things are looking up for BP. They have a good name and reputation, and we do our best to try to maintain it for them.”

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