Average diesel price up 1.2 cents

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel increased 1.2 cents to $2.898 in the week ending Monday, Aug. 6, or 15.7 cents less than in the same week of 2006.

The average price increased in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy. The biggest increase — 2.2 cents — was in the Central Atlantic. The smallest — 0.2 cents — was in the Midwest.

The nation’s most expensive diesel was on the West Coast at $3.077 a gallon. The cheapest was on the Gulf Coast at $2.824 a gallon.

The price difference between new ultra-low-sulfur diesel and the increasingly hard-to-find, but cheaper, low-sulfur diesel narrowed to 6.4 cents a gallon.

For updated state-by-state diesel prices, click here.