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Gas prices dip in South Florida, but rise 4 cents in U.S.

Gas prices decreased in the Miami area but rose nationally.
Gas prices decreased in the Miami area but rose nationally.

Gas prices dipped slightly last week in South Florida, but increased a bit nationwide.

Prices at the pump in the Miami area averaged $1.82 a gallon on Sunday, according to a survey of nearly 1,700 stations by GasBuddy.com. That’s more than 68 cents less per gallon than a year ago and nearly 13 cents lower than a month ago.

But the trend of decreasing prices came to a halt nationally, where the average price rose about 4 cents to $1.75 a gallon, according to AAA.

“We knew it was inevitable,” said GasBuddy petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski. “The eight-month decline at the pump that brought the national average as low as $1.67 has come to an end.”

Still, U.S. drivers continue to benefit from the lowest prices this time of year since 2004.

“Motorists are still saving 60-70 cents for every gallon of gasoline compared to this time last year,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

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