Diesel Drops for Third Straight Week, Oil Falls Due to Europe Concerns
April 30, 2012
Gasoline prices also dropped this week, by 5.2 cents to $3.87 a gallon. The Midwest saw an 8-cent price drop, the biggest regional price decrease. Midwest gas prices are almost 13 cents higher than last year, the largest regional year-over-year price difference.
Oil dropped slightly on Monday due to continuing concerns of economic troubles in Europe.
Benchmark U.S. crude lost 6 cents to end at $104.87 per barrel in New York. Brent crude lost 36 cents to end at $119.47 per barrel in London.
Recently, Spain announced it has fallen into recession, yet another sign of economic weakness in Europe, which consumes about 18% of the world's oil. Analysts are also concerned that Europe's growing debts could affect other regions, including the U.S., by sparking another banking crisis.
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