EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 14, 2013

Prices at the pump take upward turn

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Gasoline prices registered only small changes last week, but they were changes in the wrong direction. After moderate decreases during the two preceding weeks, regional prices for self-service regular gas ticked higher last week, according to pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA.

The overall national average also rose last week, following three consecutive weeks in which the U.S. average dropped.

Massachusetts drivers paid one penny more per gallon for self-service regular on Wednesday, when AAA put the state-wide average at $3.520, compared to $3.510 seven days earlier. On the same day of 2012, the auto club published a Bay State average of $3.445, which is 7.5 cents lower than Wednesday’s figure.

In New Hampshire, Wednesday’s average price for self-service regular moved to $3.463, up 0.6 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.457, according to AAA. Wednesday’s level was 8.0 cents higher than the state average of $3.383 recorded on the same day last year.

The U.S. coast-to-coast average increased at a faster rate last week. On Wednesday the auto club published a national average of $3.501, up 2.4 cents from $3.477 one week earlier. Wednesday’s national average was 12.0 cents above the $3.381 recorded one year earlier.