Gas prices drop for another week

Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.18/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 249 gas outlets in Pensacola.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.20/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Pensacola during the past week, prices yesterday were 40.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 12.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 55.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on July 18 in Pensacola have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.59/g in 2015, $3.46/g in 2014, $3.57/g in 2013, $3.21/g in 2012 and $3.65/g in 2011.

“Summer travel is up, and yet, gas prices continue to decline? We know that seems perplexing for many, but that’s exactly what’s happening and it all comes down to those most basic fundamentals; supply & demand,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for

“Despite fuel consumption near record levels, U.S. gasoline inventory recently reached the highest July level ever recorded (240.1 million bbl) and, concurrently, the national average has continued its consistent decline,” he added.