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Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas prices will rise by about 2 cents in March, according to an AAFES news release.

Department of Energy stateside price averages are used to determine the AAFES gas prices, with the average price for the past four weeks in the States setting the price for the upcoming four weeks in Europe.

In the weekly DOE averages that ended Feb. 20, a gallon of unleaded averaged about $2.30, up from $2.28 the previous month. Costs associated with dispensing the fuel in a host country are then tacked on to the final cost, the release stated.

In Germany, March prices will range from about $2.48 per unleaded gallon to $2.65 for diesel. In the Netherlands, fuel will range from $2.58 a gallon for super unleaded to $2.67 for diesel. United Kingdom prices will range between $2.53 for a gallon of super unleaded and $2.60 for a gallon of diesel. And in Turkey, a gallon of super unleaded will run $2.67, with a gallon of diesel costing $3.02.

In Italy, where the AAFES system is not used, gas will get a bit cheaper.

The prices for fuel coupon booklets will drop in March by $2 per 100 liters, said Bart Di Muccio, administrator of the Tax-Free Gas Coupon Program for U.S. and NATO bases in Italy.

The price for a 100-liter book for unleaded fuel is dropping from $70 to $68, and from $78 to $76 for diesel.

The price decrease is due to a drop in the cost of fuel coupled with an improved euro-to-dollar exchange rate, Di Muccio said.

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