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GASOLINE PRICES FALL HALF A CENT

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A gallon of gasoline cost about a half-cent less at the nation's pumps during the past two weeks due to the traditional fall-winter decrease in driving, according to an industry analyst.

The average service-station price of gasoline, including taxes, was $1.0697 per gallon as of Dec. 1, according to a Trilby Lundberg's biweekly survey of 13,000 stations.The previous retail average was $1.0751 per gallon.

"This continues a downward price trend that has prevailed ever since late May except for two very small upward price moves," Lundberg said Sunday. She said the decline can be attributed to decreased driving that normally occurs at this time of year. Prices were cut to spur sales.

Prices per gallon at self-service pumps as of Dec. 1 were: 95.10 cents for regular unleaded, $1.1271 for premium unleaded and 96.46 cents for regular leaded. Prices at many stations in the Salt Lake area were 94.9 cents for regular and unleaded.

At full-service stations average prices were: $1.2594 for regular unleaded, $1.3887 for premium unleaded and $1.2334 for regular leaded.