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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service announced another slight increase to already record-high fuel prices for July. Diesel prices, however, went down.

Regular is up a penny to $2.02 per gallon; premium is $2.21, up from $2.18 — but diesel decreased from $1.80 to $1.76, said Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Glenn, a spokeswoman at the Pacific Region headquarters on Okinawa. June marked the first month in AAFES history that gasoline passed the $2 mark.

On Guam, regular rose a penny to $2.04 and premium climbed three pennies to $2.23. AAFES doesn’t sell diesel on Guam.

AAFES kept its June prices in effect through Tuesday as a break to customers over the holiday weekend. Prices normally change on the first day of the month.

The upward trend coincides with high gas prices in the United States, where the Department of Energy reported costs ranging from 40-52 cents more per gallon more than a year ago.

Through June 28, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported gas prices as high as $2.23 in California to a low of $1.80 in the Gulf Coast area. But the previous week’s prices were down two to four cents per gallon, according to published data.

AAFES buys its gas from the SK Corporation, a South Korean company that can change its prices as part of a contract.

But AAFES adjusts its prices according to the Department of Energy’s four-week average of gas prices, meaning customers are hit with the same increases — and occasionally, declines — as drivers in the United States.

In Seoul on Tuesday, gas retailed for around $4.69 per gallon at LG gas stations.


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