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For the third straight month, many Americans stationed in Germany and the United Kingdom will see lower prices when they head to the gas pump.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service announced it would drop the price of the most commonly sold grade of gasoline — regular unleaded — by about three cents a gallon starting Jan. 1.

In Germany, that means a gallon of unleaded now will cost $1.671.

The prices on most other grades are also falling. A gallon of super unleaded in Germany drops from $1.800 to $1.769 and in the United Kingdom from $1.744 to $1.713. Super plus in Germany falls from $1.894 to $1.865. In the United Kingdom it drops from $1.838 to $1.809. Diesel prices remain unchanged.

For those buying coupons in Germany, 100 liters of regular unleaded will cost $44.10, with super at $46.70 and super plus at $49.30.

Prices in Turkey and the Azores will remain the same. In the Netherlands, prices for two of the grades are increasing. The cost of a gallon of super unleaded drops from $1.800 to $1.777. But the cost of super plus unleaded jumps seven cents to $1.992 and diesel is 5 cents more expensive at $1.722.

The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline sold in Germany will be 18 cents less than in October. Prices dropped by 10 cents in November and five cents in December.

AAFES bases its prices on the average price in the United States as measured weekly by the Department of the Energy. AAFES routinely uses the figure for the previous month, adds on its dispensing costs and announces the upcoming price a few days before the end of the month.

The average price in the States for December is $1.479.

The falling prices in AAFES-administered programs are in marked contrast to an upcoming hike in Italy. The Navy-administered program announced that prices, which have been substantially lower than those to the north for most of the year, will rise by 11 percent with the new year. That brings a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Italy from $1.482 to $1.691.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.

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