By Jacksonville Business Journal

Gas prices are lower and will probably fall further, according to AAA.

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31 a gallon Sunday, according to gasoline price website This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46 a gallon.

Prices Sunday were 69 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 25.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 20.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 73.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Crude oil prices remain relatively unchanged, according to AAA, as economic news remains bleak n the U.S. and abroad. Prices fell further after reports showed Chinaâ¿¿s manufacturing index dropped for a third month in a row, while European retail sales declined last month and U.S. consumer spending continues to slow.

"Economic news is not looking good in the long term and we can expect the market to react to every piece of economic news that comes from the U.S. and Europe in the short term," said Jessica Brady, an AAA spokesperson.

"Gas prices continue to decrease as oil prices retreat below $80 a barrel," she said, and this trend is expected to continue for quite a while, unless positive news unexpectedly hits the market."

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