Area average per-gallon gas price drops 4.8 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in the Nashville area fell 4.8 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.54 per gallon as of Sunday, according to gasoline price website

This compares with the national average of $3.80, an increase of 0.6 cents.

Nashville prices Sunday were 37.3 cents per gallon higher than they were on the same day one year ago and 12.2 cents per gallon lower than they were four weeks ago. The national average has decreased 1.3 cents per gallon during the last four weeks and stands 37.2 cents per gallon higher than on this day one year ago.

“Thanks largely due to the situation in California, the national average rose slightly in the last week," Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a release. "The good news for Californians is to expect relief this week. Around the rest of the nation, I expect a mixed bag, with prices not moving significantly in either direction from what I can see at this time. Nationally, prices remain much higher than last year, especially in California, where the average now stands 88 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.”

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