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March 23, 2014

Gas prices go two ways in region

After three weeks of increases, gasoline prices in Massachusetts held the line last week. Service-station tracking by the auto club AAA showed a small dip of one-tenth of a penny in the average price for self-service regular gas across the state.

New Hampshire drivers weren’t as fortunate. The average price for self-service regular rose by close to a penny per gallon in the Granite State last week, according to AAA. It was the fourth straight week in which the New Hampshire average increased.

The U.S. 50-state average jumped by nearly 4 cents per gallon over the seven-day span ending Wednesday, the auto club reported. It was the fourth consecutive weekly rise for the coast-to-coast average price.

In Massachusetts, the 0.1-cent decline brought the average for self-service regular to $3.558 on Wednesday, compared to $3.559 seven days earlier, AAA figures showed. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 14.2 cents lower than the $3.700 reported on the same day of 2013.

New Hampshire’s state-wide average of $3.512 on Wednesday was 0.8 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.504 for self-service regular, according to AAA. On the same day last year, the state average of $3.658 was 14.6 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure. The auto club reported a U.S. national average of $3.528 on Wednesday, up 3.8 cents from $3.490 the prior week. On the same day last year, the national average of $3.692 was 16.4 cents above Wednesday’s level.

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