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July 6, 2014

Prices at the pump maintain seasonal trends

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire ticked higher again last week, according to the auto club AAA. It was the third straight week in which the organization calculated increases in regional gas costs.

But AAA’s report also contained some good news. For one, the increases were very small, with the average price for self-service regular gas in both states rising by less than a penny per gallon over a seven-day span. Also, the average price across the U.S. as whole went down during the same period, according to AAA. That meant that pump prices were easing in other parts of the country, raising hope that the declines could head in this direction.

AAA put the Massachusetts average for self-service regular gas at $3.734 on Wednesday, up 0.4 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.730. On the same day of 2013, the Bay State average of $3.513 was 22.1 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.

New Hampshire’s state-wide average for self-service regular rose 0.8 cents last week, reaching $3.665 on Wednesday from $3.657 the prior week, AAA reported. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.456 was 20.9 cents lower than Wednesday’s number.

The U.S. national average dropped to $3.670 on Wednesday, down 1.1 cents from the $3.681 recorded seven days earlier, according to the auto club. Wednesday’s coast-to-coast average was 19.2 cents higher than the figure from the same day of 2013, which AAA put at $3.478.

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