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April 10, 2019 11:45 AM, EDT

Motorists Likely to Pay Less at Pump This Summer

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

American drivers probably will pay less to fill up this summer as oil prices are forecast to be lower than last year.

Retail gasoline prices are expected to average $2.76 a gallon, down from $2.85 last year, according to the Energy Information Administration. Brent crude, the world benchmark, is seen averaging $7 a barrel lower this season than last.

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Lower pump prices are expected to spur more highway travel this season, driving gasoline demand near the record level set during the summer of 2017. Meanwhile, exports of gasoline are seen averaging almost 90,000 barrels a day during the period, making the United States a net exporter of gasoline for the first summer since 1960, according to EIA.