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    Fuel Dips

    Lundberg Survey finds gas prices drop two cents nationwide.

    CAMARILLO, Calif. -- The price of a gallon of gas fell by 2 cents nationwide over the past two weeks, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said.

    The average price for gas nationwide, including all grades and taxes, was about $1.41 a gallon, according to the Lundberg Survey of 8,000 stations nationwide. That's down 2 cents a gallon from Nov. 22, the date of the last survey, when the average cost for a gallon of gas stood at $1.43, Lundberg said. The price dropped because crude oil prices remained low and gasoline supplies remained ample.

    "Total world oil production was more than sufficient to meet oil demand, which reduced crude oil prices," Lundberg said. "Oil prices had hit the $30 per barrel mark some weeks ago. However, recently they have been stable at under $27 per barrel."

    The national average is down about 7.5 cents per gallon since Nov. 8, when the weighted average price was about $1.49 per gallon. It's the lowest price since March 22, when the price was $1.37 a gallon. Lundberg said there are many uncertainties about future prices of oil and refined products, including possible war with Iraq, the economy, gasoline supply and demand, and the renewed political crisis in Venezuela.

    Gas still costs more than it did a year ago, when motorists were still feeling the effects of a post-Sept. 11 price slump. On Nov. 16, 2001, the weighted average price for a gallon of gas was $1.23. The national weighted average price of gasoline, including taxes, at self-serve pumps was about $1.38 per gallon for regular, $1.48 for mid-grade and $1.57 for premium.

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