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MO gas prices drop 0.2 cents

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Missouri average retail gasoline prices fell 0.2 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.38 a gallon March 20.

State prices stand 39 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and have increased 76.1 cents per gallon year-to-date, according to a GasBuddy.com news release.

As of 8:45 a.m., the least expensive gas in the state could be found for $3.10 a gallon at B&D Truck Plaza in Lebanon. The most expensive gas was available for $3.59 a gallon at two stations in St. Louis and Lees Summit.

The cheapest gas in Springfield was selling for $3.19 a gallon at three locations: Dillons, 1260 E. St. Louis St.; Valero, 1310 W. Grand St.; and Casey's, 949 S. Grant Ave.

The nationwide average fell 0.3 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.53 a gallon March 20. The average is 35.7 cents per gallon higher than it was a month ago and has increased 71.4 cents per gallon in the last year.

The U.S. price per barrel for crude oil was $105.31 as of March 11, compared to $77.34 per barrel a year before, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

April light sweet crude oil futures were trading at $102.50 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 8:50 a.m., according to the CME Group. April futures were trading at $100.45 a barrel the morning of March 14, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
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