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Diesel rose 5.3 cents to $4.157 a gallon, its fifth straight increase and the highest price in four-and-a-half years, while gasoline jumped 13.6 cents, the Department of Energy reported.
Gasoline rose to $3.747, its ninth straight increase and the highest price since mid-October, DOE said Tuesday following its weekly survey of filling stations.
Diesel’s price is the highest since it was $4.207 a gallon on Aug. 18, 2008, according to DOE figures. Trucking’s main fuel hit $4.15 last Oct. 15.
The gains left diesel 19.7 cents higher than the same week last year, while gasoline is now 15.6 cents more than a year ago.
Each week, DOE surveys about 350 diesel filling stations to compile a national snapshot average price. This week’s prices were released Tuesday because of the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday.