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Tacoma-area gas prices still sliding

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
October 22, 2012 1:52 pm

Average gasoline prices in the Tacoma area have fallen nearly 20 cents a gallon over the last week as cold weather demand falls and supplies stabilize.

According to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular fell to $3.88 today in the Tacoma area. That compares with a price of $4.078 a gallon just a week ago.

Today’s average price is 2.5 cents less than Sunday’s average.

Bargain hunters can find the area’s lowest price at a Chevron station in Dupont at Barksdale Avenue and Wilmington Drive where a gallon was selling for $3.65 a gallon at midday.

In the Olympia area, the lowest price was $3.71 a gallon at a U.S. Gas station at Martin Way East and Nisqually Cutoff Road Southeast.

If this year follows historic patterns — it hasn’t so far — gas prices will continue falling almost until Christmas time.

Gas prices here still exceed the national average by nearly 22 cents a gallon. Higher gas taxes and a relatively isolated market keep West Coast prices higher than the national average.

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