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Gas prices drop in Miami area amid signs of an increase ahead

Gas prices dropped in the Miami area but signs point to an increase soon.
Gas prices dropped in the Miami area but signs point to an increase soon.

The stretch of dropping gas prices could soon be coming to an end.

While prices at the pump dribbled downward again last week in Florida, other places in the U.S. saw increases.

And that could mean that other areas could be seeing the same thing soon.

Although the average price in Florida dropped by a penny and the Miami area saw a 3-cent drop, the average price nationally increased four days last week, according to AAA.

“Gas prices only increased fractions of a cent last week, but we could soon see larger increases in the coming months,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

“Many motorists in the Midwest saw an ugly surprise at the gas pumps last week, as prices spiked as high as 23 cents per gallon,” said Will Speer, a GasBuddy petroleum analyst. Prices in Michigan, for example, increased 15 cents over the past week, according to AAA.

In Miami-Dade, gas prices continued the to slide, averaging $1.83 a gallon on Sunday, according to a survey of nearly 1,700 stations by GasBuddy.com. That is down 58 cents a gallon from a year ago and 15.7 cents a gallon from a month ago. Nationally, prices rose from $1.697 to $1.713.

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