Gasoline prices are slightly down or unchanged around the country compared to the week before. The national gasoline average is $.11 above the price this time last year. Diesel fuel is about $.26 above this time last year.
U.S. crude prices have held above $80 barrel for most of October, slipping below the psychologically significant round number only three times last month; and only once on a closing basis. This increase in raw material costs for making gasoline has supported higher gasoline prices.