EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 20, 2013

Gas prices continue moving downward

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Pump prices across Massachusetts and New Hampshire dropped lower again last week. Service-station monitoring by the auto club AAA showed the average price for self-service regular gas dropping more than 3 cents per gallon in both states. It was the sixth straight week in which regional prices declined.

But the overall national average moved slightly higher last week, AAA reported. Although the gain was very small, it was a turnaround from the five prior weeks in which the U.S. 50-state average had declined.

Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.443 per gallon for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, according to the auto club. That was 3.5 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.478. Wednesday’s figure was 44.1 cents below the Bay State average on the same day last year, which AAA put at $3.884.

In New Hampshire, a 4.7-cent decline put the average for self-service regular at $3.404 on Wednesday, compared to $3.451 seven days earlier, auto club figures showed. Wednesday’s level was 41.2 cents lower than the Granite State average of $3.816 recorded on the same day of 2012.

The U.S. national average blipped upward to $3.357 on Wednesday, a 0.3-cent rise from the prior Wednesday’s $3.354, AAA reported. On the same day last year, the 50-state average of $3.773 was 41.6 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.