The average retail price for a gallon of gasoline in Arkansas increased 3.9 cents in the past week to $3.06 per gallon. The national average remained unchanged at $3.24 per gallon.

Prices in Arkansas are 10.8 cents lower than one month ago and 1.6 cents higher than a year ago. Nationally, prices are 19.1 cents lower than one month ago and 1.3 cents higher than a year ago.

Though gasoline prices are not in yet for Christmas Day, it appeared at the beginning of this week that the national average would likely set an all-time high for the holiday, barely edging out 2011 as the most expensive average for gasoline on Christmas Day.

Analysts say the bad news likely won't stop there, as gasoline prices in six out of the last seven years have increased between Christmas Day and January 15 of the following year. If the national average rises to at least $3.26 per gallon before New Year's Day, it will mark the highest start for gas prices ever on the first day of the year.

Local & Regional Prices

Magnolia    $3.11

Springhill, La.    $3.09

Camden    $3.04

El Dorado    $3.12

Hope    $2.93

Texarkana    $2.89

Shreveport-Bossier City    $2.92

Malvern    $3.05

Hot Springs    $2.97

Little Rock    $2.80

Jackson, Miss.    $2.81

Fayetteville    $2.96

Dallas-Ft. Worth    $2.75

Memphis, Tenn.    $2.88

Jonesboro    $2.86

Published: 12/26/2012