U.S. gasoline inventories have been rising following a low this year of 216 million barrels (8% below the previous five-year average) on May 26. East Coast (PADD 1) gasoline inventories account for most of the national inventory growth despite refinery unit outages that are limiting regional gasoline production. Relatively high gasoline prices on the East Coast and falling freight rates are driving U.S. imports from Europe, which is increasing regional inventories.