Kansas, Missouri gas prices falling, still higher than a year ago

Gas prices for both Kansas and Missouri have fallen in the past week, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50 per gallon on Sunday. For Missouri, average retail gasoline prices have fallen about 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44 per gallon.

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The prices compare with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices on Sunday were 15 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. For Missouri, prices are almost 22 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and 3.6 cents higher than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 0.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 17.5 cents per gallon higher than one year ago.

"The national average has started a nice downward trend, even as motorists were hitting the road for July 4," said GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"Yes, gas prices were some of the highest July 4 prices we've seen since 2008, they drifted downward in many communities as the holiday approached. Over the last week, the national average has fallen almost 4 cents per gallon - a trend that could continue with an absence of hurricanes or disruptions from Iraq. Gas prices over the next few weeks could fall more than 10 cents per gallon should the aforementioned situations remain quiet, which is most welcome as the peak of the summer driving season comes into focus," DeHaan said.

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