national average U.S. retail price of diesel fuel has increased from the
previous average of $1.825 to $1.874, the Department of Energy reported Monday,
again, the highest average prices in the nation are found in California, where
the average cost is $2.153.
the higher average prices were the West Coast region, at $2.061; the Central
Atlantic and New England regions, at $1.944; and the Rocky Mountain region, at
prices included the East Coast region, where the average price is $1.861; the
Lower Atlantic region, at $1.818; the Midwest region, at $1.846; and the Gulf
Coast region, at $1.833.
Meanwhile, rising crude oil futures eased for a second
session Monday as Iraq resumed exports from its northern and southern outlets
after lengthy disruption, despite fierce fighting in the city of Najaf.
The price of light crude declined 18 cents to $46.55 a
barrel, after coming to within about 70 cents of the $50 mark Friday morning,
the highest price since the New York Mercantile Exchange launched oil futures
Prices dipped as Iraq restarted a pipeline from its northern
fields after a three-month stoppage and resumed full exports through its
southern terminals for the first time in two weeks, Reuters reported.