EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 26, 2013

Three weeks in a row for higher gas prices

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Regional gasoline prices rose last week for the third consecutive week. So far in May, steady increases have pushed the price for self-service regular gas in Massachusetts up by more than 7 cents per gallon. As of mid-week last week, the state-wide average rested comfortably above the $3.50-per-gallon level, according to fuel-price tracking by the auto club AAA.

If it’s any consolation, drivers in some other parts of America are doing much worse. Last week the overall U.S. average for self-service regular gas rose by more than 7 cents per gallon during the seven-day span alone, topping $3.65 per gallon, AAA reported. It was the fourth straight week in which the national average rose.

The U.S. coast-to-coast average now stands very close to its level at this time last year. However, the Massachusetts and New Hampshire averages currently remain about 20 cents below last-year’s levels, AAA figures show.

Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.545 per gallon for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, the auto club reported. That was a 2.9-cent increase from the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.516. On the same day of 2012, the Bay State average of $3.720 was 17.5 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

In New Hampshire, a 3.5-cent increase pushed the state’s average to $3.485 on Wednesday, compared to $3.450 seven days earlier, AAA reported. Wednesday’s Granite State figure was 20.7 cents lower than the $3.692 compiled on the same day of 2012.

The national average rose to $3,660 on Wednesday, a 7.2-cent increase from the prior Wednesday’s $3.588, according to the auto club. On the same day last year, the coast-to-coast average of $3.680 was only 2.0 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.