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CSP, July 1, 2015:
Retail Margin Sweetest Since January
Pump prices finally drift down

CSP, June 15, 2015:
Refiner Margin Swells, Retail Margin Shrinks
Pump price edges up three more cents

CSP, June 1, 2015:
Retail Margin Rebounds
Pump prices may be peaking

CSP, May 18, 2015:
Refiners Now Fat & Happy, Retailers Still Pinched
Price surge may end soon

CSP, April 28, 2015:
Margin Slashed By Two-Thirds
13-cent retail gasoline price hike

CSP, April 13, 2015:
Price-Cutting Prevails
Gasoline prices, margins are down

CSP, July 1, 2015:
Retail Margin Sweetest Since January
Pump prices finally drift down

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- The June 26 average retail gasoline price, regular grade, slipped 1.68 cents per gallon in the past two weeks to $2.8494, according to the most recent Lundberg Survey of approximately 2,500 U.S. gas stations. This after climbing nearly 42 cents during the prior nine weeks.

Most of the wholesale price drop of the past two weeks fed retailer margin, which rose a dime. Meanwhile, refiner margin on gasoline skinnied by several cents as refiners slashed their wholesale selling prices.

Retail margin on regular is now a happier 21.42 cents. Average retail margin on premium grade, which continues to grow its share of the gasoline market per Lundberg data, is a pleasant 3 cents more.

Upstream, crude oil prices changed little. The two main light grade benchmark crude oil prices have been remarkably steady for more than two months as conflicting world oil market factors resulted in inertia.

Currently, the factors pushing retail prices up are being overwhelmed by those pulling them down. Lundberg Survey is estimating at U.S. gasoline demand growth of 2.8% for first half 2015, a bolster for price; but supply is decidedly flush, refiners are running at a hot 94% of total capacity, the federal ethanol sales mandate was relaxed, and neither of the downstream gasoline margins are pinched. This balance favors further price cuts at the pump. If crude oil prices are eroded from here, the retail price declines will accelerate.

Camarillo, Calif.-based Lundberg Survey Inc. is an independent market research company specializing in the U.S. petroleum marketing and related industries.

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