By Ed Zwirn
Read in (New York Post Jan. 24, 2016)
If you own a gas station in the New York metropolitan area, things may be looking up — even as the price of your product is falling.
Nationwide, a gallon of unleaded regular stood at an average $1.85 as of Jan. 22, down from $2.04 a year ago, according to AAA.
This trend is mirrored in New York, with prices in the city declining from $2.51 to $2.22 ($2.11 statewide).
In Connecticut, a gallon of regular will set you back an average $2.02 (down from $2.33) and in New Jersey, the average stands at $1.72, down from $1.95.
Not surprisingly, this has coincided with a modest increase in consumption. Nationwide, Americans burned up about 2.8 percent more gas in 2015 (2.9 percent on the East Coast), according to Timothy Hess, lead analyst for short-term demand at the US Energy Information Administration. And that modest increase is boosting gas station owners’ net profit margins.
“When sales go up, gas stations can spread out some of their fixed costs,“ says Sageworks analyst Libby Berman. “At the same time, stations with convenience stores are selling more food and drinks because more people are stopping by.”