Economic Woes Drive Down Gas Prices

- September 27th, 2011

CBS News reported that retail gasoline prices have inched down below $3 a gallon in places, including parts of Michigan, Missouri and Texas.

CBS News reported that retail gasoline prices have inched down below $3 a gallon in places, including parts of Michigan, Missouri and Texas.

The market news is quoted as saying:

Prices for oil, gasoline and other commodities dove last week along with world stock markets over concerns the global economy is headed for another recession. When economies slow, demand for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel falls as drivers cut back on trips, shippers move fewer goods and vacationers stay closer to home. Oil fell to $79.85 per barrel Friday, a drop of 9 percent for the week. Oil reached a three-year high of $113.93 on April 29.

Economist Philip Verleger equates it to “a stimulus program for consumers,” leaving them more money for clothes, dinners out and movies. Over a year, a 50 cents-per-gallon drop in gasoline prices would add roughly $70 billion to the U.S. economy.

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