Business: Fuel Forecast

Coming: 70¢-plus gas

Motorists enjoying the balmy Indian summer driving weather that has persisted in many parts of the U.S. have sometimes had a shock when they decided to "fill 'er up." At some service stations, especially in the Northeast, NO GAS signs hung on the unleaded fuel pumps; other signs set limits on the amount a customer could buy. Almost everywhere, meanwhile, prices have been creeping up instead of slipping back as they usually do after the peak travel season.

The scattered shortages and climbing prices result from heavy demand. The summer bulge in gasoline use was bigger than expected this...

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