---- — If the trend continues, drivers won’t find any Christmas cheer at the gas pumps in a couple of weeks. Regional gasoline prices rose last week for the fourth consecutive week, according to fuel-stop tracking by the auto club AAA.
But while Massachusetts and New Hampshire prices continued their upward march, the U.S. 50-state average held steady last week. That pause followed a week in which the national average had edged slightly lower, AAA figures show.
In Massachusetts, drivers paid an average of $3.462 per gallon for service regular gas on Wednesday, the auto club reported. That was 2.5 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.437. On the same day of 2012, the Massachusetts state-wide average was $3.515, or 5.3 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
The New Hampshire average rose 2.9 cents over the seven-day span, reaching $3.385 on Wednesday, from $3.356 a week earlier, AAA reported. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.421 was 3.6 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.
The U.S. national average remained at $3.257 on Wednesday, the same 50-state figure that AAA reported seven days earlier. On the same day of 2012, the coast-to-coast figure of $3.328 was 7.1 higher than Wednesday’s average.