The cost for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in western Pennsylvania dropped 4.2 cents this week.

The current average price at the pump is $2.686, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge.

Still, motorists in Corry are paying slightly more.

The cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in the city is $2.739.

The national average for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $2.702, down 4 cents from a week ago.

According to AAA's Fuel Gauge, oil prices struggled Monday after briefly rising above $74 per barrel on the NYMEX, and then settling to $73.10, sustaining a loss of 72 cents.

As concerns about the strength of the economic recovery linger, prices have remained steady in the $70 and $80 per barrel range. Earlier in August, crude prices hit their peak to date on Aug. 4, reaching $82.97 per barrel, but weak demand, very high crude inventory levels, and general consumer uneasiness have proven to be too great an impediment to sustaining that level.

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