EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 9, 2014

Pump prices down again

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Another drop in gasoline prices made last week the fifth consecutive week in which pump prices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire moved lower, according to tracking by the auto club AAA. The U.S. national average also edged downward, marking the sixth straight week in which the 50-state average declined.

As of Wednesday of last week, prices stood about 25 cents lower than their level on the comparable date of 2013, according to AAA.

The Massachusetts average price for self-service regular gas dropped 1.8 cents last week, reaching $3.413 on Wednesday, compared to $3.431 seven days earlier, the auto club reported. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 23.8 cents lower than the $3.651 recorded on the same day last year.

In New Hampshire, Wednesday’s average price for self-service regular, at $3.339 per gallon, was 0.7 cents below the $3.346 recorded by AAA seven days earlier. On the same day of 2013, the Granite State figure of $3.607 was 26.8 cents higher than Wednesday’s average.

The coast-to-coast average nudged half a penny lower, to $3.272 on Wednesday, from $3.277 one week earlier, the group reported. Wednesday’s national average was 26.1 cents below the $3.533 price compiled on the same day last year.