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      Increase in Toledo gas prices likely to persist in April

      Drivers at the pump can expect to pay an average of $3.68 per gallon.

      Average retail gasoline prices in Toledo have risen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, according to a GasBuddy's daily survey of 315 gas outlets in Toledo.Drivers at the pump can expect to pay an average of $3.68 per gallon, about four cents higher than the national gas price average at $3.62 per gallon.FIND: Cheapest gas in your area

      Prices yesterday were 4.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 26.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased nearly 12 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

      "The national average now stands at its highest level since last August," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan."The advance in prices has continued, with the worst jumps in areas of California, and southern states, where prices have increased anywhere from 15 to 30 cents per gallon in some cases. The increases will likely continue to persist, at worst for another month or so, but at best, we could see some relief arrive as soon as May rolls in," DeHaan said.