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GAS PRICE RISES 3.9 CENTS FOLLOWING FEDERAL TAX HIKE, AAA REPORTS

 ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The average price of gasoline increased 3.9 cents following last Friday's 4.3-cent rise in the federal gasoline tax, the American Automobile Association reported today.
 A nationwide spot check of 1,250 stations shows self-serve regular unleaded averages $1.134 per gallon this week.
 AAA said gasoline prices increased in all regions of the country.
 The biggest jump was recorded in the West, at 5.6 cents, followed by the Great Lakes and Midwest, both regions up 4.7 cents; Southwest, 4.4 cents; Mid-Atlantic, 3.9 cents; New England, 3.8 cents; and the Southeast, 2.7 cents.
 Prior to last week's increase, the national average gas price fell 5 cents in four months.
 Motorists now pay an average of 38 cents per gallon in federal and state and local gas taxes.
 Last Friday's 4.3-cent hike came on top of an existing 14.1-cent federal tax and an average 19.6 cents motorists pay in state and local gas taxes.
 A two-car family averages 1,010 gallons of gas annually and will pay an average $384 in state and federal gas taxes in the next year, AAA said.
 AAA's next regularly scheduled Fuel Gauge Survey of 5,000 stations will be issued Oct. 19. The survey will be conducted by Computer Petroleum Corp. of St. Paul, Minn., which publishes the National Petroleum Price Index, monitoring more than 90,000 daily wholesale and retail gasoline prices in the United States and Canada.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 137 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices in the United States and Canada providing more than 34.5 million members with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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