U.S. consumers are finally catching a break when they head to the gas station as retail prices follow the price of oil lower, market analysis finds. Motor club AAA reported a national average retail price of $2.53 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Tuesday, a slight dip from Monday and about 1.5 percent, or 4 cents per gallon, less than this time last week. Prices usually decline after the year-end Christmas and New Year holiday season as winter weather crimps demand. Crude oil prices, which make up a fraction of what consumers pay at the pump, hit multi-year highs last month, however, and upset the seasonal norm. The price of oil Tuesday was about $5 per barrel less than the peak in January. The national average price for gas last year was $2.28 per gallon. This week, meanwhile, marks the second in a […]