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June 15, 2014

Dad's Day dip in fuel prices

Father’s Day comes this year with a gift for dads at the fuel pumps. Gasoline prices declined in the week leading up to today. Service-station tracking by the auto club AAA showed small but notable drops in the average price for self-service regular gas across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and for the United States as a whole.

For New Hampshire, the drop made last week the sixth straight period in which the state average has nudged lower. Last week’s Bay State price dip reversed an increase from the prior week. The decline of the U.S. 50-state average ended three consecutive weeks of increases. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-service regular gas moved to $3.678 per gallon on Wednesday, down 0.7 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.685, AAA announced. But Wednesday’s average remained 13.5 cents above the state average on the same day of 2013, which the auto club put at $3.543.

The New Hampshire average fell 1.1 cents last week, reaching $3.601 for self-service regular on Wednesday, from $3.612 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. On the same day last year, the state-wide average of $3.478 was 12.3 cents lower than Wednesday’s figure.

The overall national average dropped to $3.644 on Wednesday, 1.9 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s $3.663, AAA reported. On the same day of 2013, the U.S. average of $3.633 was only 1.1 cents below Wednesday’s level.

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