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      Gas prices up 1.6 cents per gallon in D.C.

      Gas prices up 1.6 cents per gallon in D.C.

      Average retail gasoline prices in D.C. have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.68 per gallon on Sunday, said gas price tracker GasBuddy.com said Monday.

      The figure compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 per gallon, according to gasoline price website WashingtonDCGasPrices.com, which is run by GasBuddy.

      Including the change in gas prices in D.C. during the past week, prices on Sunday were 46.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 19.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 31.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

      "The national average has continued on its upward trend as we move closer to spring and EPA-mandated cleaner burning gasoline," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

      "The smaller movements in gasoline prices as of late in areas of the country will certainly not hold much longer. Gasoline prices tend to start moving significantly higher towards the end of February and into mid-March, so motorists should be preparing for higher prices," DeHaan said.

      GasBuddy operates WashingtonDCGasPrices.com and over 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada.