EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 29, 2013

Rise in gas prices continues as 2013 ends

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Regional gasoline prices moved higher last week, making it the sixth straight week in which the cost to fill up increased in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Fuel-price tracking by the auto club AAA shows that the average price for self-service regular gas in Massachusetts is up by nearly 16 cents per gallon since the increases began in mid November. The New Hampshire average is up by close to 15 cents over that six-week period.

The U.S. national average has resisted the upticks affecting regional prices. Last week the 50-state average registered an increase of more than 4 cents per gallon, AAA reported. But that came after a week in which the national average had dropped by a similar amount. The current 50 state average is about 22 cents lower than the Massachusetts figure, auto club reports show.

In Massachusetts, the average price for self-service regular gas reached $3.483 on Christmas day, up 1.4 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.469, the group reported. On the same day of 2012, the Bay State average of $3.447 was 3.6 cents lower than Wednesday’s figure.

The New Hampshire average rose 1.6 cents last week, to $3.403 on Wednesday, from $3.387 seven days earlier, according to AAA. On the same day last year, the New Hampshire average of $3.364 was 3.9 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.

The overall national average rose 4.8 cents last week. On Christmas, AAA reported a U.S. average of $3.264, compared to $3.216 the prior Wednesday. On the same day of 2012, the 50-state average of $3.247 was 1.7 cents below Wednesday’s average.

Jeffrey Zygmont is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a long-time auto writer. Contact him at www.jeffreyzygmont.com.