Missouri average retail gasoline prices increased 3.7 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.49 a gallon April 3.
Compared to yesterday's average, state prices are 18.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and 80.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to a GasBuddy.com news release.
As of 9:45 a.m., the least expensive gas in the state was available for $3.29 a gallon at two stations in Sikeston, near Cape Girardeau. The most expensive gas could be found for $3.69 a gallon at a BP station in Richmond Heights, near St. Louis.
The cheapest gas in Springfield was available for $3.35 a gallon at Break Time, 2740 E. Kearney St.
The nationwide average increased 7.4 cents per gallon during the week, averaging $3.64 a gallon April 3, which was 17.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and 79.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
The U.S. price per barrel for crude oil was $104.64 as of March 25, compared to $76.76 per barrel a year before, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration
Light sweet crude oil futures for May were trading at $107.90 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10 a.m., according to the CME Group
. May futures were trading at $104.11 a barrel the morning of March 28, according to Springfield Business Journal archives