By Atlanta Business Chronicle

The gasoline price drops came to an abrupt end last week in Georgia, and likely will rise again this week.

After a few weeks of sizable drops in prices, the average price per gallon of gasoline in the Peach State spiked 10 cents in the past week to $3.34, according to AAA Auto Club South.

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.45 per gallon -- up 6 cents more than last week.

AAA Auto Club South noted oil prices rose for the second week in a row, keeping a barrel of oil above $80 after the Group-20 (G-20) and European leaders began discussion to draft a plan to resolve the European debt crisis. The new plan's completion date is set for the last week of October, with a review by the G-20 scheduled for the first of November.

Crude oil settled Friday at $86.80 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange -- $3.22 more than the week prior.

"The market has waited more than a month for a piece of positive news to latch onto and drive oil prices higher," said Jessica Brady, spokeswoman for AAA, in a statement. "Although the data caused investors to get bullish, it will be interesting to see if the increase in oil prices is sustainable. Retail gas prices already reacted to the two-week jump in oil prices and reversed the downward momentum reflected in September. We're likely to see gas prices continue to increase this week unless oil prices fall."

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