TAMPA, Fl. (AAA) - The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.76, an 8-cent increase from last week. Florida's average of $3.79 increased 5 cents from last week.
The price of oil fell slightly after the value of the U.S. dollar increased against the euro. Last week reflected the largest weekly gain for the dollar so far this year. A stronger dollar reduces the appeal of crude oil as a commodity and ultimately pushes oil prices lower. Although oil prices decreased, retail gas prices inched up again and are expected to increase this week.
Tensions with Iran and positive economic headlines continue to put upward pressure on both oil and gas prices. A barrel of oil settled Friday at $106.70 on the New York Mercantile Exchange--$3.07 less than the week prior. However, the national average for regular retail gasoline jumped another 8 cents from last weeks average.