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The average price for gasoline in Billings stabilized last week and was at $3.02 per gallon Sunday.

The national average increased 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.34 per gallon, according to gasoline price website BillingsGasPrices.com.

Billings prices on Sunday were 9.6 cents per gallon higher than one year ago and 22.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.3 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 27.2 cents per gallon higher than one year ago.

"Gasoline prices have slowed their rise in the last week as oil prices have temporarily stabilized," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

"I'm sure this leveling off in retail price won't last terribly long as tension mounts with Iran," DeHaan said. "I still expect 2012 to be a nasty year for the typical motorist, which is what our recently released 2012 gasoline price outlook also states."

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