EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 27, 2013

Area pump prices stay in steady decline

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Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — The price of gasoline in Massachusetts and New Hampshire dropped lower last week. Declines ranging from 2 to 3 cents per gallon for self-service regular gas made it the seventh straight week in which the regional price of motor fuel has dropped, according to tracking by the auto club AAA.

The overall national average also ticked lower last week, AAA found. The small decrease in the U.S. average was a turnaround from the prior week, when the coast-to-coast figure had edged slightly higher.

The Massachusetts average for self-service regular gas settled at $3.421 on Wednesday, down 2.2 pennies from the prior Wednesday’s $3.443 per gallon, the auto club reported. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 38.1 cents lower than the $3.802 recorded on the corresponding day of 2012.

The New Hampshire average dropped 3.3 cents last week, reaching $3.371 on Wednesday from $3.404 seven days earlier, AAA reported. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.729 was 35.8 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

The U.S. coast-to-coast average moved to $3.339 on Wednesday, down 1.8 cents from the $3.357 recorded on the previous Wednesday. On the same day of 2012, the national average of $3.648 was 30.9 cents above Wednesday’s figure.