EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 30, 2014

Pump prices remain stable

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — The price of gasoline barely nudged across the region last week. Tracking by the auto club AAA saw average pump prices move just a small fraction of a penny in Massachusetts and New Hampshire over the seven-day span ending Wednesday.

The overall U.S. average inched slightly higher over the same period, but the increase amounted to less than one cent per gallon, AAA figured showed.

The organization reported a 0.1-cent decline for Massachusetts, with the price for self-service regular gas averaging $3.557 on Wednesday, from $3.558 seven days earlier. It was the second week in which the state average dipped by 0.1 penny. Wednesday’s figure was 11.9 cents lower than the $3.676 Bay State average on the same day last year.

In New Hampshire, Wednesday’s state-wide average of $3.514 for self-service regular was 0.2 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.512, according to AAA.

The upward bump made last week the fifth straight period in which the state average rose. On the same day of 2013, the Granite State average of $3.634 was 12.0 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.

Wednesday’s U.S. national average of $3.535 represented a 0.7-cent rise from the prior Wednesday’s $3.528, AAA reported. It was the fifth straight weekly increase in the 50-state average. On the same day last year, the national average of $3.658 was 12.3 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.