Average retail gasoline prices in Naples rose 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45 per gallon Sunday, according to a daily survey of 94 gas outlets.
Local prices Sunday were 3.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
The local prices compare with the national average that increased 3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.27 per gallon. The national average has decreased 13.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 1.7 cents per gallon higher than one year ago.
"2012 was a year that focused the spotlight on our nation's oil refineries; it showed us the vulnerability of our infrastructure and what can happen to prices at the pump when infrastructure is compromised," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. "We began the year with a BP refinery fire in Cherry Point, Washington, that caused massive spikes on the West Coast. The spring delivered challenges for Great Lakes refineries and pushed Chicago gas prices to a record high. Similarly, the California summer saw major refinery outages there and new record high prices."