(CBS/CNN) - Gasoline prices averaged the highest ever in 2012, despite never topping the single day spikes seen in 2008.
The nationwide average price for a gallon of regular gas hit $3.60 in 2012, according to AAA. That's up 9 cents from the previous record high of $3.51 a gallon set in 2011.
AAA blamed hurricanes, refinery outages and tensions in the middle east for the high prices.
Auto sales have been one bright spot in the economy the last 6 months. Ford says it expected to sell $2.2 million vehicles last year, that's up 7% from 2011.
The Ford Focus is the company's most popular vehicle. Trucks also sold well in 2012.
Looks like 2012 was a big year for movies, too! Americans apparently went to theaters in droves this past year, with nearly $11 billion bucks in ticket sales. And that's pretty good, analysts say, in this age of video streaming on computer tablets and large screen HD televisions. One analyst thinks 2013 may be even better.
A number of high-profile sequels are set to hit theaters, including Thor, Ironman, Superman, Star Trek and Hunger Games films.
Another big winner of 2012-- Green Mountain. The coffee makers' stock slid early in the year only to jump 90 percent in the last six months. The company owns the popular Keurig coffee makers but lost money when competitors started selling single serving K-cups for its machines.
Now green mountain has two new high end Keurig machines that only use its newly designed K-cups.