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Old 05-25-2007, 07:42 AM   #277
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Gas prices finally retreat

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Gas prices may have finally topped out just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday as a modest decline in the average price ended a streak of 12 days of record highs.

It's unlikely the estimated 32 million drivers who will be hitting the road for the traditional start of the summer driving season will notice the savings, though, as the AAA survey Friday showed prices down only 0.2 cents to $3.225.

That decline will only save 4 cents for someone paying $64.50 to buy 20 gallons of gas. With that drop in price, a car getting 25 miles per gallon can go only 82 feet further, almost the distance from home plate to first base on a baseball diamond.

Still, it's the first time since May 12 that the AAA survey of 85,000 gas stations nationwide did not show a record high, and it's the first retreat in prices since May 9. The national average has now been above $3 a gallon since May 4.

Even with the record prices, AAA is predicting a record number of Americans will be hitting the road during the holiday weekend, with 38.3 million expected to travel 100 miles or more, up 1.7 percent from a year ago. And most of those - 32.1 million - will be driving, according to the motorist group.
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