NEW YORK - Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring march higher.
The average U.S. retail price rose 13 cents over the last two weeks to $3.42 per gallon, and within a few days it will likely set a record for this time of year.
Gas on Thursday averaged $3.54 a gallon in Southeastern Pennsylvania and $3.39 in South Jersey, the AAA auto club said. Those figures are up 8 cents and 10 cents, respectively, in the last week.
The culprits: rising crude oil prices, slowing output at refineries that are undergoing maintenance, and low supplies of gasoline.