Naples area gas prices rise nearly 5 cents per gallon in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Naples rose nearly 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49 per gallon, according to NaplesGasPrices.com.

Including the 4.6 cents rise change in gas prices in Naples during the past week, prices Sunday were 66.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 10.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 12 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 66.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"Highlighting what I've reiterated for weeks, we're seeing gasoline prices continue their volatile trend, and this time that trend is upward," said Patrick DeHaan, gasbuddy.com senior petroleumanalyst.

"So far, the national average hasn't taken off like the number of Detroit Lions football fans, but I do expect that over the next week, we'll see a continued rise in gasoline prices. Prices will rise slowest in the Rockies, while moving fastest in the Great Lakes, as we've already witnessed. It's important to note that wholesale gasoline prices are now at their highest since early September, when the national average was $3.66/gallon."

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