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D.C. area gas prices jump 8 cents in past week

Sunday - 8/5/2012, 11:44am  ET

WASHINGTON - The price at the pump has gone up for the fifth week in a row -- both in the D.C. area and across the country.

Prices went up 8 cents in the Washington region to an average $3.59 for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic's weekly survey. Nationwide prices climbed 12 cents to $3.61 a gallon.

Prices usually go down this time of year. AAA says prices in August have declined 7 out of the previous 10 years. Prices are still lower than they were a a year ago.

The auto club expects gas prices to drop this fall.

Current and past gas prices from AAA

Current Week Ago Year Ago
D.C. Metro $3.59 $3.51 $3.72
D.C. Only $3.87 $3.73 $3.91
National $3.61 $3.49 $3.70

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