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January 27, 2013

Gas prices stay stable locally, edge up overall

Regional gasoline prices stayed in a holding pattern last week. The average price for self-service regular gas saw slight declines in Massachusetts and New Hampshire over the seven-day span ending Wednesday, according to service-station tracking by the auto club AAA. That mimicked the pattern from the prior week, when fuel prices softened but were close to unchanged.

Still, the slight decreases made last week was the second straight week of easing pump prices for Massachusetts, and the first week in 2013 in which New Hampshire saw a decline.

However, the overall U.S. average price for self-service regular gas stepped higher last week.

On Wednesday, AAA put the Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular at $3.467 per gallon, 1.0 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.477. Wednesday’s price was 2.2 cents higher than the $3.445 Bay State average compiled on the same day of 2012.

New Hampshire drivers saw a smaller decline, with the state’s average dipping 0.2 cents, to $3.411 for self-service regular on Wednesday, from $3.413 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.404 was 0.7 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.

The U.S. national average bumped 2.2 cents higher last week, following a slight decline during the prior seven days. On Wednesday AAA compiled a coast-to-coast average of $3.316, up from $3.294 the prior week. Wednesday’s national average was 6.5 cents lower than the $3.381 recorded on the same day of 2012.

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