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Consumers ready to vocalize frustration at the pump

Published 10:37pm Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Average retail gasoline prices in Michigan have risen two cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82 per gallon Sunday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.81 per gallon, according to gasoline price website MichiganGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Michigan during the past week, prices Sunday were 31.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 23.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 8.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“Unsurprisingly, the average price for a gallon of regular self-serve continues to drop in a majority of communities across the United States,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com.

“The national average now stands nearly 10 cents per gallon lower than the same date a year ago, but will we hear an end to complaining about gasoline prices at the pump?

“Perhaps the rhetoric will wind down, but ,with summer around the corner, any sudden increase in price of gasoline will have Americans virtually calling for the heads of politicians in November.”

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