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NEW YORK, Sept 8 The average price for a gallon
of gasoline in the United States rose in the last two weeks,
reversing four weeks of declines as crude oil advanced,
according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday.
Gasoline prices rose 2.61 cents per gallon, bringing the
average cost to $3.5847 on Sept. 6, up from $3.5596 on Aug. 23.
The average price was about 25 cents lower than a year earlier,
based on a survey of about 2,500 retail stations in the 48
Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg survey, said the
rise came alongside a spike in the price of crude oil, which has
jumped on the threat of a Western-led military strike against
Syria, which could tighten Middle Eastern oil supplies.
U.S. crude futures are up 3.9 percent over the past
two weeks while Brent crude is up 4.6 percent. On
Friday, crude rose 2 percent to settle at $110.53.
While Lundberg said crude could continue to rise if military
action was taken, that could be partially offset by "very
"Supplies are more than sufficient to meet demand," she
said. "Despite all the up factors, we may see a return to prices
falling over the next two weeks or beyond. If oil slips, it is
very unlikely that gas will continue rising."
The cheapest gasoline in the states surveyed was in Tucson,
Arizona, at $3.27 per gallon, while the most expensive was in
Chicago, where it cost $3.92 per gallon.
(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Nick Zieminski)