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Iowa gas prices continue climbing

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Average retail gasoline prices in Iowa continue to climbing, inching up 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.67 a gallon.  This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70 a gallon, according to gasoline price website IowaStateGasPrices.com. 

With this latest spike, Iowa pump prices sit 15.3 cents per gallon higher than this same day one year ago and are 21.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.  The national average has increased 21.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 11.8 cents per gallon higher than this day last year.

"The national average has finally begun to cool off after rising nearly every day since the start of July," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.  "As the West Coast and Great Lakes see refining issues in the rear view mirror, as well as the end of the summer driving season approaching, we may see a new downward pattern develop which could see average prices falling- especially after mid-September, a pattern that could dominate the gas pump until the holiday season."

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