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Gasoline analyst: Wichita gas prices are likely to keep falling

A motorist fills up his car in July at the QuikTrip near Douglas and Broadway. Average retail gasoline prices in Wichita fell 9.5 cents per gallon last week, according to a GasBuddy report on Monday.
A motorist fills up his car in July at the QuikTrip near Douglas and Broadway. Average retail gasoline prices in Wichita fell 9.5 cents per gallon last week, according to a GasBuddy report on Monday. The Wichita Eagle

Average retail gasoline prices in Wichita fell 9.5 cents per gallon last week, to an average $2.46 per gallon as of Monday morning, according to GasBuddy.com.

The national average was $2.60 per gallon.

Prices in Wichita were 81.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day a year ago, and 12.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said if reports are true that a large Chicago-area refinery is about to come back to full production, prices in the Midwest could fall through Labor Day.

Plus, he added, the coming end of summer driving season across the country and the continued downward pressure on oil prices mean gas prices are likely to fall further in the coming months.

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