Money: Fuel Forecast: Oil Is Up, But Gas Will Ease

Will the price of gas ever come down? Crude-oil futures, spurred by worries that Russian oil giant Yukos will turn off the spigot, last week exceeded a record $43 per bbl. That's not a high in real terms--oil reached nearly $80 per bbl. in inflation-adjusted dollars after the 1979 Iranian revolution. But it's enough to cause concern that pump prices, already up 50ยข per gal. this year, won't drop much soon. Consumers should get a small break in the fall, analysts say, when demand will ease as the summer driving season ends. Paul Horsnell, head of energy research at Barclays Capital...

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