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AAA WASHINGTON: SLIGHTLY HIGHER PRICES GREET THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY MOTORISTS

 SEATTLE, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline climbed slightly more than 3 cents since the Labor Day weekend, American Automobile Association (AAA) Washington said today. Compared with prices a year ago, the average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline declined 3.7 cents.
 AAA Washington's recent poll of over 130 service stations in 13 areas of central and western Washington reveals the overall average price for self-serve unleaded fuel is $1.189. The Labor Day survey showed an average price of $1.156. Last year's pre-Thanksgiving holiday survey reported an average retail price of $1.226 for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline.
 The average price of self-serve regular leaded gasoline dropped seven-tenths of a cent to $1.113 cents a gallon, while premium unleaded fuel increased from an average of $1.348 to $1.368 per gallon since Labor Day.
 Throughout most of western and central Washington, the cost of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline varies between $1.11 and $1.22 a gallon. Self-serve regular gasoline showed a similar spread in prices, averaging between $1.089 and $1.159 a gallon.
 Motorists who use full-serve pumps will pay an average of $1.461 for regular leaded gasoline, down almost 1 cent since September. Unleaded and premium unleaded sell for $1.511 and $1.654 a gallon respectively, up 2 cents from the Labor Day survey.
 The American Automobile Association's national survey of fuel prices indicates motorists in the West (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) can expect to pay an average $1.209 for self-serve unleaded gasoline, about 9 cents above the national average.
 The national survey of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline prices in the contiguous western states showed Montana with the most expensive gas at an average price of $1.28 per gallon. Oregon's average price was $1.299. (Oregon does not permit self-serve gasoline.) Wyoming reported the lowest price in the West with an average of $1.13 for self-serve unleaded fuel.
 Nearly half of the stations polled will be open around the clock during the upcoming weekend, and 87 percent will be open during regular business hoursn?g the holiday weekend.
 AAA Washington is a not-for-profit travel club with offices in central and western Washington providing members with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
 The following is specific information on local gasoline prices:
 AREA BY AREA COMPARISON OF SELF-SERVE REGULAR UNLEADED PRICES
 City Nov. 19, 1993 Sept. 2, 1993 Nov. 19, 1992
 Bellevue/Eastside 1.178 1.115 1.249
 Bellingham 1.196 1.169 1.251
 Bremerton 1.119 1.163 1.182
 Everett 1.220 1.175 1.245
 Lynnwood 1.180 1.151 1.213
 Olympia 1.208 1.169 1.250
 Renton 1.186 1.159 1.213
 Seattle 1.173 1.161 1.236
 Tacoma 1.173 1.148 1.159
 Tri Cities 1.208 1.193 1.240
 Vancouver 1.188 1.073 1.223
 Wenatchee 1.197 1.201 1.250
 Yakima 1.163 1.115 1.229
 Average 1.189 1.156 1.226
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 /CONTACT: Janet Ray or Bruce Olsen, of AAA Washington, 206-448-5353, or 800-562-2582/


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