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Posted: 12:37 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012
NORTH CAROLINA —
Gas prices across the nation are dropping. This weekend as drivers pull up to the pump and check out the price of gas, they are noticing a trend. A month ago, the national average for a gallon of gas was nearly $3.50. Last week, gas dropped to $3.40 and now it is down again, nearly 14 cents from the average a month ago. "Triple A prediction is that by Christmas we should have prices between $3 and 20 cents per gallon," said a spokesperson for Triple A. Experts said prices typically do come down this time of the year, but there are other factors bringing them closer to the nearly $3 mark. "Hurricane Sandy obviously hit a major population portion of the United States, and with that the hurricane moving through, we saw people driving a whole lot less," said Avery Ash from AAA. With plenty of gas to go around and not as much demand, the consumer has the upper hand. Many are taking the opportunity to fill up and enjoy it while it lasts. The average gas price around Charlotte is $3.29 which is about the same as the state average at $3.30. In South Carolina prices have stayed the same in the past month.
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