The state average retail price of gasoline
increased 4 cents from last week to $1.98. Regional and national gasoline stocks
remain tight. The state average retail diesel price jumped another 4 cents to $2.09
per gallon reflecting the rise in crude oil prices and pressure from strong demand and high
spot prices for heating oil. Midwest diesel fuel inventories are in the normal range
for this time of year although regional and national inventories are tight.