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Gasoline prices rise 24th straight day; prices highest ever for early March

Published 03/02/2012, AP Energy Writer

The national average for gasoline hit $3.741 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That's an increase of 46.5 cents per gallon since the start of 2012. Gasoline has never been so high this time of year, and analysts say it could reach a record of $4.25 per gallon by late April. Last year's peak price was $3.985 per gallon on May 4, and the record was $4.11 per gallon in July 2008.

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