Maintenance, strikes blamed for gas hikes

The price regulating agency is blaming international prices for a new increase in gasoline.

The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said that maintenance of U.S. refineries and strikes resulted in higher prices. The price increase involves the refined product and not crude petroleum, the agency said, noting that crude was below $50 a barrel.

The new price for super will be 501 colons a liter, an increase of  31 colons. Plus gasoline goes to 574 colons, an increase of 29 colons, and diesel goes to 500 colons a liter, an increase of seven colons.

The prices will go into effect next week after they are published in the official newspaper.

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