SC gas prices tick up 1.6 cents per gallon

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - Average retail gasoline prices inSouth Carolina have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging$3.22 per gallon on Sunday, according to

The increase compares with the national average that has notmoved{}in the last week to $3.51 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

"As I expected, the panic at the pump slowedconsiderably in the last week, with the national barely grinding out anincrease in the last week, " said Senior Petroleum AnalystPatrick DeHaan.

Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina duringthe past week, prices yesterday were 19.1 cents per gallon lower than the sameday one year ago and are 9.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 10.2 cents per gallonduring the last month and stands 13.0 cents per gallon lower than this day oneyear ago. {}"A cooling in oil prices during theprevious week heavily influenced last week's quieter increase. While oil priceshaven't moved much higher, we are starting to see more chatter about refineryincidents as more of them finish maintenance and get back online, and this canlead to spikes in gasoline prices if several refineries see unexpected outagesor longer than normal return to production times, so motorists should bevigilant that while I don't expect prices across the nation to spikesignificantly, it's a risk that's on the table, " DeHaan said.

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