Gasoline, diesel prices to increase this week

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January 31st, 2013 ( Costa Rica’s Public Service Regulating Authority (ARESEP) announced that gas prices would increase by the end of the week.


The price of “super” gasoline will increase by 43 colons per liter, for a total price of 718 colons per liter, or 2,717 (about $5.36) per gallon.


Regular gasoline will increase from 643 colons to 678 colons per liter, for an increase of 35 colons per liter, or 2,566 (about $5.03) per gallon.


The prices of diesel will also increase by 8 colons per liter, for a total price of 640 colons per liter, or 2,423 (about $4.78) per gallon.


ARESEP said that the increase is due to speculation in the international market, as well as a rise in fuel demand in China during the last days of 2012.


Cooking gas will also see an increase. The 21-liter cylinder will now cost 8,027 colons (an increase of 163 colons), whilst the 34-liter cylinder will go from 12,583 colons to 12,844, increasing by 261 colons.


The new prices will come into effect when they are published in the official diary, La Gaceta.



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