Gas prices on downward trend

Even lower prices at pump expected in near future

By Bruce Hamilton - The Morning Show anchor
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Some good news for your commute in 2014: AAA is expecting gas prices to keep dropping.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Gas prices in the southeast made modest declines over the past week and the discount at the pump is likely to continue in the near future.

"Fundamentals are putting downward pressure on the price of oil," according to Mark Jenkins with AAA. And Jenkins says, "motorists could see prices fall at a faster rate in the coming weeks."

The price of oil fell for the first time in four months because of increased supplies, decreased consumer spending and easing geopolitical tensions. Crude oil stockpiles reached their highest level since 1982.

Consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in April, the most since September 2009. Russia withdrew the majority of its military forces from the Ukrainian border, helping to ease concerns in the market of a supply disruption.

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.67, 1-cent more than last week. Florida's average of $3.60 declined 2 cents from last week, Georgia's average of $3.59 slipped 1 cent.

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