TX gas prices up 3rd straight week

March 11, 2010 11:56:58 AM PST
Retail gasoline prices are up across Texas for a third week in a row. The weekly AAA Texas survey released Thursday shows regular unleaded rose an average of 8 cents at Texas pumps to $2.65 per gallon. Nationally, the average price rose 7 cents to $2.78 per gallon.

Season price increases are a factor in the increase as refineries switch to summer fuel blends and speculators consider the usual summer increase of driving. But the auto club also cites a slightly stronger economy and a soft dollar for strengthening crude oil prices.

The least expensive gasoline in Texas is in Houston, where the retail prices average $2.60 per gallon -- up 9 cents from last week. The most expensive gasoline is, as usual, in El Paso at $2.72 per gallon -- up 4 cents from last week.