Manatee gas price decline expected to accelerate

June 2, 2014 

Gas prices going up

MANATEE — Gas prices made modest declines last week in Manatee County and the discount at the pump is likely to continue.

“Fundamentals are putting downward pressure on the price of oil,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Motorists could see prices fall at a faster rate in the coming weeks.”

The price of oil fell for the first time in four months because of increased supplies, decreased consumer spending and easing geopolitical tensions. Crude oil stockpiles reached their highest level since 1982.

Consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in April, the most since September 2009. Russia withdrew the majority of its military forces from the Ukrainian border, helping to ease concerns in the market of a supply disruption.

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.67, or 1 cent more than last week.

Florida’s average of $3.60 declined 2 cents from last week.

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