EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 29, 2014

Filling the tank gets more expensive

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — For the second week in a row, regional and national gasoline prices ticked higher.

Pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA showed the average price for self-service regular gasoline across Massachusetts approaching $3.75 per gallon as of mid week. Average prices for self-service regular in New Hampshire and for the U.S. as a whole remained below $3.70, the group reported.

Massachusetts drivers saw a 2.9-cent increase over seven days, with the average price for self-service regular gas reaching $3.730 on Wednesday, from $3.701 the prior week, AAA figures showed. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 19.2 cents higher than the figure recorded on the same day last year, which the auto club put at 3.538.

In New Hampshire, a 2.6-cent increase moved the state average for self-service regular to $3.657 on Wednesday, compared to $3.631seven days earlier, according to AAA. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.484 was 17.3 cents below Wednesday’s figure.

Sampling prices across the 50 states, the auto club computed a national average of $3.681 on Wednesday, a 1.2-penny increase from the prior week’s $3.669. On the same day of 2013, the U.S. average of $3.554 was 12.7 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.