From AP REPORTS
IRVING, Texas (AP) The average price of retail gasoline climbed for a 14th week in Texas this week, according to the weekly AAA Texas gasoline price survey released Friday.
However, the survey showed that price trends were mixed, with prices reaching record highs in some areas but falling in others.
Regular-grade gasoline averaged $2.87 per gallon in Texas, up a fraction of a cent. Nationally, the average price rose almost 5 cents per gallon to $3.04 per gallon.
Amarillo and El Paso set new gas price records this week, while prices in eight other cities on the list moved lower, said auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau. Strong consumer demand, reduced domestic output due to refinery problems and lower gas imports appear to be keeping pump prices at these high levels.
The most expensive gas was in Amarillo, where regular grade rose 8 cents to an average of $3.07 per gallon. Corpus Christi still had the cheapest gas at $2.78 per gallon, down 1 cent.
These are average per-gallon prices of regular, self-serve gasoline in Texas metro areas and the change from last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch released Friday:
Austin-San Marcos $2.841, up 0.5 cent
Amarillo $3.074, up 7.9 cents
Beaumont $2.820, down 0.4 cent
Corpus Christi $2.780, down 1.3 cents
Dallas $2.877, down 0.3 cent
El Paso $3.005, up 5.2 cents
Fort Worth $2.872, down 0.5 cent
Galveston-Texas City $2.877, down 0.1 cent
Houston $2.856, down 0.1 cent
San Antonio ± $2.804, down 0.2 cent
Texarkana (Texas only) $2.824, down 2.9 cents