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Cheap gas fuels holiday sales boost

Gas down to $1.85 in Parma. (Source: WOIO) Gas down to $1.85 in Parma. (Source: WOIO)
Gas costs $1.85 at a Marathon gas station in Parma. (Source: WOIO) Gas costs $1.85 at a Marathon gas station in Parma. (Source: WOIO)
Consumer getting some cheap gas. (Source: WOIO) Consumer getting some cheap gas. (Source: WOIO)
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PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Some of the cheapest gas in the Cleveland area, just got a penny cheaper, and suddenly several cars were pulling up to the pumps.  

The manager at the Marathon Gas Station in Parma at the corner of State and Snow hit a few buttons to change the price to $1.85 a gallon.

"I was very happy! I said Happy New Year to me!" said Carolyn Marchie of Parma, who had driven to the Marathon after seeing our
“Cheap Gas Report,” on 19 Action News Sunday Morning, when gas was at $1.88.  

By the time she pulled up, the price had dropped three cents.

Gas prices are the cheapest they've been in five years, in many places.

"I never thought I would see it," said Randy Hunsucker, the manager of the Marathon station. 

"I remember coming in here, and this car cost $50 to fill up.  Now, it's costing me less than $20, so I like that," said Don Quellos of Parma.

But gas prices have done more than boost people's spirits.  In fact, experts say they've actually fueled some nice holiday sales.

According to one report, holiday sales rose 5.5 percent over last year.  Many consumers admit they spent more. 

"Absolutely, I know I did,” said Robert Moore, also of Parma, “on gifts for my wife."

"I think it helped a lot of people save money, and then they spent it," said Jim Foster of Parma.

With just days to go before ringing in the new year, cheap gas may actually be giving some a richer outlook for the road ahead in 2015.

"It's getting better now,”  said Sang Cly of Parma. 

"If you listen to the experts, it's supposed to be a good year, so we'll see," added Quellos, with a smile.

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