---- — The easing trend in gasoline prices continued last week. Fuel-price tracking by the auto club AAA showed that both regional and national pump prices declined for the seventh consecutive period during the week-long span ending Wednesday.
In Massachusetts Wednesday’s average price of $3.625 per gallon for self-service regular gas was 2.2 pennies lower than the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.647, AAA reported. But despite the decline, Wednesday’s price remained 22.3 cents higher than last year. On the corresponding day of 2011, AAA had compiled a Bay State average of $3.402.
In New Hampshire, the average price for self-service regular eased 2.5 cents, reaching $3.516 on Wednesday from $3.541 seven days earlier, the auto club found. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.346 was 17.0 cents below Wednesday’s figure.
The U.S. coast-to-coast average saw a 1.7- cent drop last week. On Wednesday, AAA’s national average was $3.426, compared to $3.443 the prior week. On the same day last year, the national average of $3.351 was 7.5 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.