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New York spot gasoline dropped to the weakest level against futures in a week as Irving Oil Corp. restarted a unit at its Saint John, New Brunswick, refinery.

Irving’s Saint John plant returned a 70,000-barrel-a-day fluid catalytic cracker to service yesterday after an unplanned outage Aug. 23, according to a report by Genscape Inc. The 298,800-barrel-a-day refinery exports over half of its refined products to the U.S. Northeast.

Conventional, 87-octane gasoline in New York weakened 0.25 cent to 0.88 cent a gallon under New York Mercantile Exchange futures at 11:54 a.m., the lowest level in a week and third consecutive decline. Reformulated, 84-octane gasoline, or RBOB, slid 0.12 cent to a premium of 2.88 cents.

Prices rallied last week after unplanned outages occurred at Irving’s Saint John refinery and Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL)’s 185,000-barrel-a-day Trainer, Pennsylvania, plant.

Supplies of gasoline in the region including the New York Harbor, referred to as PADD 1B, slipped 310,000 barrels to a four-week low of 29.9 million barrels in the week ended Aug. 23, a government report showed yesterday.

The spread between RBOB in New York and the Gulf Coast widened 1 cent to 24.8 cents a gallon, the widest differential since December, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The 3-2-1 crack spread in New York, a rough measure of refining margins for gasoline and diesel based on Brent oil in Europe, declined 46 cents to $13.82 a barrel.

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