February 26, 2007 10:30 AM, EST

Gasoline Prices Jump 12.8 Cents, Lundberg Survey Says

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Gasoline prices jumped almost 13 cents a gallon nationwide in the past two weeks, as the price of crude oil rose, according to the latest Lundberg Survey of filling stations, released Sunday.The national average for self-serve regular was $2.35 per gallon, up 12.8 cents, analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday. The twice-monthly survey covered the period of Feb. 10 through Friday.The average for midgrade was $2.46 per gallon, while premium was $2.56, according to Lundberg’s survey of 7,000 gas stations.Oil prices reached a new high for the year Friday, as benchmark light sweet crude futures rose 19 cents to close the week on the New York Mercantile Exchange at $61.14, its highest closing price since Dec. 22.The cheapest gas in the country was found in Salt Lake City, at $2.12 a gallon. The highest price was in San Francisco, at $2.84.