Area per-gallon gas price average drops 2.5 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in the Nashville area fell 2.5 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.53 per gallon as of Sunday, according to gasoline price website NashvilleGasPrices.com.

This compares with the national average of $3.77, a decrease of 2.8 cents.

Nashville prices Sunday were 29.1 cents per gallon higher than they were on the same day one year ago and 15.9 cents per gallon lower than they were four weeks ago. The national average has decreased 9 cents per gallon during the last four weeks and stands 29.6 cents per gallon higher than on this day one year ago.

“The national average has again seen a decrease in the last week, as California joins much of the rest of the United States in seeing lower prices," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a release. "Even though there hasn't been a massive decline in California retail prices, the fact that prices have stopped rising there has helped tip the national average lower. In the week ahead, we could continue to see declines as wholesale prices fell lower late last week, meaning gas stations have additional room to drop their prices.”

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