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Wright Express Reports Rapidly Increasing Wholesale Fuel Prices But Forecasts a Drop

August 15, 2012

WEXIndex Retail Fuel Price Index is a monthly publication produced by Wright Express with market insights provided by OPIS Energy Group. Copyright 2012, Wright Express Corporation, 97 Darling Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.
WEXIndex Retail Fuel Price Index is a monthly publication produced by Wright Express with market insights provided by OPIS Energy Group. Copyright 2012, Wright Express Corporation, 97 Darling Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

Wright Express has released its fuel prices outlook, with the company noting that the national retail gasoline average starts August at $3.57 per gallon, more than 25 cents per gallon higher than where it started in July.

States in the Midwest, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, have seen prices increase nearly 60 cents per gallon during the past 30 days. Wright Express attributed this increase to higher crude oil costs and refinery issues squeezing fuel supplies. Diesel prices nationally are up to nearly $3.80 per gallon, which is the highest level since June 14.

Wright Express also reported that wholesale prices are increasing rapidly, at nearly $3.50 per gallon as of August 6. If these prices hold, retail gasoline prices would push past $4 per gallon in many states. Wright Express reported that experts believe the current runup in prices won’t last, though, with the price trend for 2012 looking similar to that of 2011. The company also reported that wholesale diesel prices are rising as well, but not at the same rapid pace as that of gasoline.

For fleet managers, after Sept. 15, the U.S. will be able to switch back to the easier to make, more plentiful winter grade of gasoline. Wright Express reported experts forecast “substantially lower” prices in the fourth quarter.

WRIGHT EXPRESS MONTHLY PPG REPORT FOR 7/2012   
CITYSTATEUNLEADEDDIESEL
AtlantaGA$3.35$3.70
BostonMA$3.54$3.84
ChicagoIL$3.73$3.75
DallasTX$3.32$3.64
DenverCO$3.54$3.64
DetroitMI$3.62$3.76
HoustonTX$3.28$3.59
Los AngelesCA$3.80$3.94
MemphisTN$3.20$3.61
MiamiFL$3.45$3.77
MinneapolisMN$3.54$3.75
New OrleansLA$3.23$3.59
PhiladelphiaPA$3.53$3.87
PhoenixAZ$3.31$3.57
PortlandOR$3.61$3.66
San FranciscoCA$3.89$4.06
SeattleWA$3.69$3.97
St. LouisMO$3.32$3.51
WashingtonDC$3.68$3.97
National AverageUS$3.43$3.71

To see last month's fuel report from Wright Express, click here.

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