Average retail gasoline prices in Naples fell nearly 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82 per gallon Sunday.
Despite the 5.9-cent decrease, gas prices in Naples on Sunday were 25.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and 6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, according to naplesgasprices.com.
The local decrease compares with the national average that has fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81 per gallon. The national average has increased 8.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"The national average has begun to drop nicely over the last week, and while it certainly doesn't feel like much, it is noteworthy," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com. "Oil prices were all over the map last week, closing in on $100 per barrel one day and dropping to $92 per barrel later in the week. I've probably had more double takes watching oil prices in the last week than I've had all summer. Watching oil prices last week was as wild as watching the Detroit Tigers try to take a division lead over the White Sox."