Naples-area gas prices rise, hold steady

— Average retail gasoline prices in Naples have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.56 per gallon Sunday.

Local gas prices Sunday were 38.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 14.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average for gas increased 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34 per gallon, according to NaplesGasPrices.com. The national average has increased 11.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 25.3 cents per gallon higher than one year ago.

"We saw oil prices fall gently late last week as tensions with Iran seemingly have cooled somewhat," said Patrick DeHaan, gasbuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. "I'm certainly hopeful that the recent easing in tensions between Iran and the West continues in coming months, but there are certainly no guarantees and few expectations of such. Having said that, I expect gasoline prices to move very little in the next week, and in some areas of the U.S. gasoline prices may fall this week."

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