Gasoline prices get early start on spring surge


Associated Press

NEW YORK

Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring increase.

The average U.S. retail price rose 13 cents over the past two weeks to $3.42 per gallon, and within a few days, it likely will set a record for this time of year.

The culprits: Rising crude- oil prices, slowing output at refineries that are undergoing maintenance and low supplies of gasoline.

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