Pittsburgh area gasoline price increase 1.1 cents the past week

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It's no surprise to local drivers -- we're paying more at the pump.

Average retail gasoline prices in the Pittsburgh are have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.65 a gallon yesterday, according to a daily survey of 731 gas outlets in Pittsburgh by GasBuddy.com.

The national average has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.47 a gallon.

The Lundberg Survey Inc., however, reports the average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps gained 9.87 cents in the past two weeks to about $3.51 a gallon, a five-month high nationally. The survey covers the period ended March 7 and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations by the Camarillo, Calif.-based company. The average retail price is almost 23 cents below year-ago levels, Lundberg said.

Prices in the Pittsburgh area yesterday were 15.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago but 13.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, GasBuddy reported. The national average has increased 18.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 19.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"As refinery maintenance season is now in its prime, and will be for several weeks, motorists could see additional volatility at the pump should issues or unexpected problems arise with this period of maintenance," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

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