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      Nebraska Gas Prices Rise While Nationally Prices Fall

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      Average retail gasoline prices in Nebraska increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43 per gallon on Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen two cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

      Although prices did rise the past week, they are still 13.6 cents per gallon lower compared to this time last year. Compared to a month ago, prices are slightly lower with 0.4 cents per gallon difference.

      The national average has decreased 13.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

      "The national average has now dropped to its lowest level since February, and with the end of the summer driving season nearing, we'll likely see gas prices continuing the downward trend," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Oil prices last week dropped to $95/bbl briefly before rising the next day back to $97/bbl but the important factor is that prices remain under triple digits."

      He adds, "For motorists, we're nearing the point that gasoline demand drops- after Labor Day and also the upcoming switch back to cheaper winter gasoline will also put downward pressure on prices in mid-September. While a short term increase in gasoline prices is never out of the question, as we grow nearer to September, the likelihood of a spike decreases. It won't be long before we'll start to see a few cities seeing averages under $3/gal: areas of Tennessee and South Carolina are already getting close."

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