휘발유 값 올라 연말 경기 위협

UNSEASONABLY HIGHER GAS PRICES THREATEN HOLIDAY SPENDING
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휴스턴 – 여행 철인 여름이 지나면 보통 휘발유 값이 떨어진다. 그러나 그러한 계절적 리듬을 깨고 휘발유 가격이 다시 뛰어 평균 가격이 갤런 당 3 달러 선을 돌파함으로써 연말 경기를 바라보는 소매업자들의 전망을 흐리게 만들고 있다. Byline:CLIFFORD KRAUSS HOUSTON -- In most years, autumn's shorter days and lower temperatures mean falling gasoline prices, as demand eases from the summer travel season. But this year, high oil prices are upsetting that seasonal rhythm. Prices at the pump are climbing fast, bringing back memories of summertime gasoline bills. The national average for regular gas surpassed $3 a gallon this week, and drivers could be paying record prices this holiday season, experts said. The timing of such an unusual jump could crimp consumer spending at a vital time for retailers. "Usually Americans have more money to spend each holiday season because gasoline prices tend to give up 25 percent of their value after summer," said Tom Kloza, an analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. "But this year there is a second coming of the gasoline rally that may be the Grinch that stole Christmas." Barring some unexpected development like a big drop in the price of oil, Kloza and other experts said, gas could be headed toward $4 a gallon by spring. Gasoline prices have trailed surging oil prices, but they are starting to catch up as crude oil nears $100 a barrel. Oil settled down slightly Wednesday, at $96.37 a barrel. (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net)
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