[every April] Gasoline prices are soaring toward $4 a gallon, a threshold that some analysts say will damage the fragile economic recovery and crimp consumer spending just as families are planning their summer vacations.
Higher prices saddle businesses with higher transportation costs,
causing them to either swallow them or pass them along to already
strapped customers. As gasoline costs go up, consumers are left with
less money to spend elsewhere. And there is evidence that the hike at
the pump is beginning to push drivers off the road.
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