DISTRIBUTORS IN CALIFORNIA WARY AS GAS PRICES CLIMB

California-based distributors, hit with the nation's highest gasoline price surges, are trying to absorb the added costs without increasing prices for consumers or retail customers.Gasoline prices have risen by 21% in the state since February, industry officials said, with current prices running from 20 to 40 cents per gallon above the already-rising national average."We're paying more for gas, which

California-based distributors, hit with the nation's highest gasoline price surges, are trying to absorb the added costs without increasing prices for consumers or retail customers.

Gasoline prices have risen by 21% in the state since February, industry officials said, with current prices running from 20 to 40 cents per gallon above the already-rising national average.

"We're paying more for gas, which is certainly a concern for us," said Larry Cooper, vice president of distri

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