NEW YORK Jan 13 The average price for a gallon
of regular gasoline in the United States rose in the last three
weeks for the first time since early October, as U.S. refineries
passed on the cost of higher crude oil prices, according to a
widely followed survey released on Sunday.
Gasoline prices averaged $3.3247 per gallon on Jan. 6, up
6.68 cents from Dec. 21, said Trilby Lundberg, editor of the
Prices had declined for the prior 11 weeks, falling 57.96
cents since touching near $3.84 on Oct. 5.
"This rise is a partial pass-through of higher crude oil
prices that U.S. refiners are paying," Lundberg said, noting
that more price increases may be coming.
"U.S. refiners will need to attempt to complete the
pass-through of their higher crude oil costs to marketers and
retailers that they supply. That's the main reason we can expect
a few more cents at the pump over the next several days,
assuming there is no huge change in the price of crude," she
Of the cities surveyed, Salt Lake City, Utah, drivers paid
the least at $2.76 per gallon, and filling the gas tank cost the
most on Long Island, in New York, at $3.75 per gallon.
(Reporting By Karen Brettell; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)