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PROVIDENCE — Gasoline prices continue to rise in Rhode Island, with AAA Northeast reporting a two-cent increase this week and 26 cent increase since Feb. 18.

According to a survey Monday conducted through AAA Northeast, regular unleaded self-serve was averaging $2.55 per gallon. The price still remains 14 cents lower than the national average of $2.69 per gallon.

“Three months ago motorists across the country could find gas for less than $2.50 at 78 percent of gas stations. Today, you can only find gas for that price at one third of the stations,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “Supplies have been steadily decreasing since early February, causing spikes at the pump that are likely to continue throughout April and into May.” A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was five cents higher at $2.60.

— Jason Vallee

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