EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 31, 2013

Pump prices dip lower again

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Regional and national gasoline prices declined last week for the fourth straight week.

Both the Massachusetts state average and the overall U.S. average price for self-service regular gas reached a year-to-date peak of more than $3.75 per gallon at the start of March, according to price tracking by the auto club AAA. But as the month ends, those averages stand about 10 cents lower.

New Hampshire has also seen a drop of about 10 pennies per gallon over the last month, according to AAA figures. But its year-to-date peak four weeks ago remained below $3.75 per gallon.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.673 for self-service regular gas, down 2.6 cents from the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.699, the auto club reported. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 12.7 cents below the state-wide figure of $3.800 on the same day of 2012.

In New Hampshire, Wednesday’s average of $3.627 for self-service regular was 2.9 cents lower than the $3.656 compiled by AAA seven days earlier. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.753 was 12.6 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.

The U.S. national average fell 4.7 cents over the seven-day span, reaching $3.650 on Wednesday, compared to $3.697 the prior week, auto club figures showed. On the corresponding day of 2012, the coast-to-coast average of $3.898 was 24.8 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.