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      Pump price plunge continues

      Pump prices continue their usual September decent as demand weakens and supplies increase. / File


      Pump prices continue their usual September decent as demand weakens and supplies increase. Despite the decline, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded remains well above $3.00 for the 1,007th day in a row. The streak of $3.00 gas prices also continue in Florida (1008 days), Georgia (962 days) and Tennessee (948 days).

      "It's normal for prices to fall in September," said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, The Auto Club Group. "The summer driving season is over, demand is down, and refineries are switching to the cheaper winter-blend gasoline."

      Since September 1, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded has fallen 12 cents. Florida's average has decreased 15 cents, Georgia's average fell 20 cents and there was a 13 cent decline in Tennessee. "Prices could continue to fall another 5 to 10 cents before the end of the month," Jenkins continued, "but it's unlikely they'll go below $3.00 anytime soon."

      The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.48, four cents less than last week. Florida's average of $3.41 decreased six cents from last week, while Georgia's average of $3.32 dropped eight cents from last week. Tennessee's average of $3.25 also decreased six cents from last week. Visit AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report to find national, state, and local metro market retail gasoline prices.

      CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

      Regular Unleaded Gasoline


      Current Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago

      National: $3.479 $3.523 $3.536 $3.821

      Florida: $3.410 $3.472 $3.497 $3.772

      Georgia: $3.316 $3.397 $3.452 $3.701

      Tennessee: $3.250 $3.311 $3.318 $3.621

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