AUGUSTA — Gas prices in Maine are bucking the national trend and rising rapidly.

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com said today that the retail price of a gallon of gas in Maine has risen nearly seven cents in the past week to an average of $3.52.

The national average during the same time did not budge and remains at $3.42 per gallon.

The good news is that prices in Maine remain nearly 27 cents per gallon lower than at this time last year.

A company analyst says he expects the national prices to follow the Maine trend and rise in the coming weeks.