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GASOLINE PRICE IS HIGHER AS HOLIDAY WEEKEND NEARS, AAA SAYS

 ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As millions of Americans begin planning Memorial Day weekend travel, the nationwide cost of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is up an average 1.4 cents since April 20 to $1.132 per gallon, the American Automobile Association reports.
 AAA's monthly Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average price is at its highest point this year. Gasoline prices last averaged $1.132 on Dec. 22, 1992.
 This month's self-serve unleaded average is highest in the West, at $1.207 per gallon, and lowest in the Southeast, at $1.086. Other regional prices are: Southwest, $1.173; Great Lakes, $1.145; Midwest, $1.136; Mid-Atlantic, $1.133; and New England, $1.12.
 The monthly average gas price increased for self-serve mid-grade and premium, and fell for all full-serve grades.
 Self-serve mid-grade unleaded and premium unleaded both increased .7 cent per gallon to $1.226 and $1.309, respectively.
 Among full-serve grades, regular unleaded dropped 1.7 cents to $1.395 per gallon, mid-grade fell 1.9 cents to $1.484, and premium declined 2.2 cents to $1.546.
 In addition to surveying for the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, Computer Petroleum Corp. publishes the National Petroleum Price Index, which monitors more than 90,000 daily wholesale and retail gasoline prices in the United States and Canada.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 139 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its 34 million members in the U.S. and Canada 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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