Diesel prices rise slightly

| Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Weekly retail on-highway diesel prices released by the Energy Department Oct. 14 show the national average cost of diesel rose a little to $1.461 from last week's price of $1.46.

Nevertheless, it's the ninth consecutive week the cost of diesel fuel has risen. The highest prices nationally are in California, where the price this week is $1.555, down from $1.569 last week. The lowest average prices this week are in the Lower Atlantic region. Fuel there is $1.41 per gallon.

The remaining regions' price-per-gallon is as follows: East Coast, $1.449; New England, $1.486; Central Atlantic, $1.506; Midwest, $1.459; Gulf Coast, $1.432; Rocky Mountain, $1.503; and the West Coast, $1.527, respectively. The Department of Energy reports the average price of self-serve each week. Prices are based on a survey of 350 diesel service centers nationwide and include taxes.

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