---- — Small increases made last week the third consecutive week in which gasoline prices rose across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, according to tracking by the auto club AAA.
But the increases amounted to only a fraction of a penny. Even better, the overall national average dropped by several cents during the same period, which may point to better news ahead for regional gas prices.
The Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas moved to $3.437 on Wednesday, AAA reported. That was 0.5 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.432. On the same day of 2012, AAA’s Massachusetts average of $3.573 was 13.6 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.
In New Hampshire, an 0.7-cent increase brought the state average to $3.356 on Wednesday, from $3.349 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.467 was 11.1 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
The U.S. 50-state average dropped by 3 cents over the seven-day span, to $3.257 on Wednesday, compared to $3.287 the prior week, AAA figures showed. Wednesday’s national average was 12.4 cent’s lower than the $3.381 recorded on the same day last year.