GAS PRICES

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.60 in the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area, which is the same as this day last week and 50 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $2.65 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.

That price is two cents more than last week and is 51 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $3.08 while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.54 per gallon.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.87, which is two cents more than this day last week and 54 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

As U.S. gasoline demand strengthened and supply declined, prices in many states increased week-to-week. According to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, total crude inventories fell on the week and now register 80 million barrels lower than levels at the same time last year.

“Many across the U.S., including here in Texas, are taking end of summer vacations. The trend is contributing to an increase in demand for retail gasoline and forcing prices to elevate slightly week-to-week, said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “If demand remains high, market analysts anticipate that drivers will likely see pump prices continue to increase through the remainder of the summer season. Drivers can save money by downloading the AAA mobile app for free to find the cheapest gas near them.”

Compared to one month ago, the majority of states in the South and Southeast U.S. region are paying more to fill up, with South Carolina seeing the largest month-over-month increase at five cents per gallon.

In Killeen, Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3801 E. Stan Schleuter Loop had the cheapest gas for $2.47 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com Saturday afternoon. Walmart at 2900 Clear Creek Road and H-E-B at 2511 Trimmier Road both sold gas for $2.48 a gallon.

In Harker Heights, Sam’s Club at 600 W. Central Texas Expressway and Memory Lane sold the cheapest gas for $2.41 a gallon. Murphy USA at 2010 Heights Drive and W. Central Texas Expressway sold gas for $2.47 a gallon. Valero at 601 E. Central Texas Expressway sold gas for $2.49 a gallon.

In Copperas Cove, Murphy USA at 2712 E. U.S.190 near Gibson Street sold the cheapest gas at $2.47 a gallon. Valero at 1102 S. FM-116 and H-E-B at 2990-A E. U.S. 190 both sold gas for $2.49 a gallon.

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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