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Tacoma gas prices rise quickly as national prices decline

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 11, 2012 at 9:03 am with No Comments »
May 11, 2012 10:36 am

Average gas prices in Tacoma jumped by nearly a dime a gallon in the last week as national gas prices fell in the same period by more than a nickel.

After a fairly steady decline over the last month in Tacoma, prices jumped up again in this market to an average of $4.148 a gallon according to The News Tribune’s Gas Price Tracker/

Meanwhile, the national average for gasoline prices declined from $3.792 last week to $3.739 this week.

Analysts attribute the difference in price changes to the Northwest’s relatively isolated market.

Unlike many states in the East and Midwest, the Northwest isn’t connected to the web of product pipelines that serve those states.

Gas is still available for less than $3.90 a gallon at at least two locations, the Costco near the Tacoma Mall and the Safeway at South 38th Street and South Sheridan Avenue.

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