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Gas prices won’t budge until at least the first of the year at most Army and Air Force Exchange Service outlets.

But back in the States, gas prices are on the rise, perhaps signaling future increases overseas.

AAFES this week announced its December fuel prices, which go into effect Friday.

In Japan and Okinawa, midgrade gas will stay at $2.232 a gallon, while diesel will jump almost two cents, from $2.338 to $2.351 a gallon.

Diesel also goes up a notch in South Korea, from $2.581 to $2.599 a gallon. Unleaded and premium will hold steady at $2.29 and $2.496 per gallon, respectively.

Guam’s AAFES consumers, meanwhile, will pay a penny more per gallon for unleaded and midgrade — $2.289 and $2.399, respectively — while premium stays at $2.499 a gallon.

AAFES Pacific spokesman, Master Sgt. Donovan Potter, said December fuel prices are based on the Energy Department’s average price for each grade of gasoline during the previous four weeks.

AAFES’ fuel prices reflect market trends stateside with about a one-month lag.

U.S. gas prices are on the rise, after three months of falling prices, according to CNN, quoting the Nov. 17 Lundberg Survey of about 5,000 gas stations across the country. The average price of self-serve regular gas was $2.23 on Nov. 17, up a nickel from the Nov. 3 survey. The national average for midgrade was $2.34, while premium was $2.44 a gallon.

At Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, an official there said Tuesday there was no projected increase in gasoline prices as of now.

Midgrade fuel currently sells for $2.70 a gallon, while diesel retails for $2.61 a gallon, the spokesman said.

NEX could not provide prices for its stations.

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