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      SC gas prices dropped 3.8 cents last week

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - Gas prices in South Carolina continued their downward slide, dropping another 3.8 cents last week.

      According to GasBuddy.com, the average price per gallon across the state is $3.20. Nationally, gas prices only fell by 1.5 cents last week, the website reported.

      "Beginning the month with the lowest pump prices since 2010 is a nice way to start August, but it's unlikely that we'll see gasoline production from coast to coast running as high in August as we'd seen during July," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski.

      Including the drop in prices recorded Sunday, prices across the state are 7 cents below the same day one year ago and 15.4 cents below the same day one month ago.

      Nationally, the average price has dropped 16.4 cents per gallon in the last month and 12.3 cents below the same time one month ago.

      "In recent years we've seen August refinery utilization slip a bit below July numbers and if that happens we may see prices increase especially in areas where consumers are flocking to enjoy the remainder of the summer driving season," he added.

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