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Woman waits for gas pump in St. Louis

FILE PHOTO: Bonnie L. Edwards from St. Louis waits for her gas to finish pumping at a BP gas station at the intersection of North Grand and Page Boulevards on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in St. Louis. Post-Dispatch photo

It appears that gas stations along Telegraph Road in south St. Louis County are in the midst of a price war, with several selling fuel for less than $1.70 a gallon.

The Phillips station at 6161 Telegraph Road was selling gas for $1.59 a gallon on Monday morning, if people used cash, according to the price-tracking service Gasbuddy.com.

At least eight other stations along the road offered per-gallon prices ranging from $1.63 at the Shell station at 3294 Telegraph Road to $1.69 at the BP at 5639 Telegraph Road.

The average price for a gallon of gas in St. Louis, on the Missouri side, early Monday was $1.87, according to AAA.

The lowest area-wide average in recent years was $1.58 on Jan. 14, 2009. (The highest came on May 12, 2011, when local gas averaged $3.99.)

Earlier this month, QuikTrip was leading St. Louis price changes — a company spokesman told the Post-Dispatch that stations are sometimes operating at "zero" margin, selling gas for what they paid for it.

The QuikTrip at 4435 Telegraph Road was selling gas for $1.64 a gallon on Monday morning, according to Gasbuddy.com.

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