---- — Small increases left regional and national gasoline prices higher again last week. It was the third consecutive week in which the average price of motor fuel moved higher.
Pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA put the Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas at $3.559 on Wednesday. That was 1.5 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.544. But Wednesday’s Bay State average remained 16.4 cents lower than the $3.723 reported on the same day last year.
New Hampshire saw a similar increase, with the AAA average for self-service regular rising 1.3 cents over seven days, to $3.504 on Wednesday from $3.491 a week earlier. On the same day of 2013, the Granite State average of $3.681 was 17.7 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.
The U.S. national average stepped up to $3.490 on Wednesday, an increase of 2.6 cents from the $3.464 recorded by the auto club seven days earlier. Wednesday’s figure was 21.3 cents lower than the coast-to-coast average of $3.703 compiled on the same day last year.