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SC gas prices continue downward trend

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Average retail gas prices across the state of South Carolina dipped another 1.2 cents over the last week. 

According to GasBuddy, the gas price tracking website, the average price per gallon in the state is $3.06. Nationally, the price averages $3.27 per gallon. 

Nationwide, gas prices dipped an average of 2.2 cents over the week.

"The national average has picked up some downward momentum over the last week," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. 

Including the change in gas prices in the Palmetto State during the past week, prices Sunday were 9.8 cents lower than one year ago, and are 2.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 4.7 cents over the course of the last month and stands 1 cent per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"It's likely that during this week, we will see gasoline prices again drop below their year ago levels yet again. However, as we're approaching February, the most recent drops will likely reverse as refineries begin their maintenance season, which will see refineries doing critical work preparing for summer at the expense of gasoline output, which will be a contributing factor to an upward rise in gas prices. Motorists should expect more volatility in late-February through May as the market generally reacts to any unexpected production related issues, and there are generally several issues each year," DeHaan said.

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