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PRE-JULY 4TH GAS PRICE FALLS 6.1 CENTS FROM LAST YEAR, AAA REPORTS

 ORLANDO, Fla., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorists planning Fourth of July holiday travel will find gasoline prices lower on average than a year ago, the American Automobile Association reports.
 AAA's July 4th Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average price of self-serve regular unleaded down 6.1 cents from a year ago to $1.123 per gallon. The national average gas price was $1.184 last June 23.
 AAA's monthly report also shows the first gas price drop since February. The national average gas price is down .9 cent from the May survey.
 The average price is highest in the West, at $1.214 per gallon, and lowest in the Southeast, at $1.093. Other regional prices are: New England, $1.146; Southwest, $1.140; Great Lakes, $1.137; Midwest, $1.12; Mid-Atlantic, $1.097.
 Prices for all self-serve and full-serve grades declined in the last month.
 Self-serve mid-grade unleaded fell .8 cent to $1.218 per gallon. Self-serve premium dropped .6 cent to $1.303.
 Full-serve regular unleaded dropped 2.9 cents to $1.366 per gallon, mid-grade fell 2.6 cents to $1.458, and premium declined 2.4 cents to $1.522.
 During the July 4th weekend 71 percent of service stations will be open and 28 percent will be open 24 hours, AAA said.
 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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