Average retail gasoline prices in Naples have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.52 per gallon Sunday, a website reports.
Even so, Naples remains higher than the national average of $3.39 cents a gallon. The national average fell 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week, reports the gasoline price website www.NaplesGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Naples during the past week, prices Sunday were 7.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 13.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"While the national average continues to fall, we've done the math- the yearly average in 2012 is all but guaranteed to set all time record highs," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
"We still stand at $3.63 a gallon for a yearly average, and gasoline prices would need to average no more than $2.35 a gallon for every day left in 2012 for the national yearly average to drop below 2011, something that appears impossible.
"In the meanwhile, we have lowered our forecast for Christmas gasoline prices to average between $3.25-$3.35 a gallon."
GasBuddy operates NaplesGasPrices.com and over 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada.
GasBuddy also offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded over 20 million times to help motorists find gasoline prices in their area. In Naples, GasBuddy tracks price changes at 94 retail outlets.