SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Retail gas prices rose for the 49th straight day Tuesday even though crude fell yet again.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline gained a half cent overnight to $2.674, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service, surpassing a stretch in early 2007 when prices moved up 48 straight days.

In late April, when this streak began, a gallon of gas cost only $2.05.

Benchmark crude for July delivery declined for the third straight day, falling 15 cents to settle at $70.47 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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