Area per-gallon gas price average falls 6.2 cents

Retail gasoline prices in the Nashville area fell 6.2 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.20 per gallon as of Sunday, according to gasoline price website NashvilleGasPrices.com.

This compares with the national average of $3.46, a decrease of 3.2 cents.

Nashville prices Sunday were 3.8 cents per gallon lower than they were on the same day one year ago and 35.6 cents per gallon lower than they were four weeks ago. The national average has decreased 32.6 cents per gallon during the last four weeks and stands 3.1 cents per gallon higher than on this day one year ago.

“The national average has again decreased in the last week, but the decreases are beginning to slow down," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a release. "Wholesale gasoline prices rose strongly on Friday, which could send prices higher in states with among the lowest prices in the United States. The fuel tightness has also continued in New York City. For those in Sandy's wake, fuel availability remains difficult.”

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.