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May 18, 2014

Gas cost heading in right direction

Regional gasoline prices edged slightly lower again last week. It was the second straight week of declining pump prices across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, according to monitoring by the auto club AAA.

The U.S. national average also moved lower for a second consecutive week, the auto club reported.

The Massachusetts average for self-service regular gasoline settled at $3.693 on Wednesday, down 1.6 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.709 per gallon, AAA reported. But Wednesday’s average remained 18.0 cents higher than the Bay State level of $3.513 recorded on the same day last year.

New Hampshire drivers paid an average of $3.625 per gallon of self-service regular on Wednesday, down 1.8 cents from the $3.643 reported by AAA seven days earlier. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of 3.440 was 18.5 cents below Wednesday’s figure.

AAA’s overall national average hit $3.640 on Wednesday.

That was 2.6 cents lower than the prior week’s $3.666. On the same day of 2013, the U.S. average of $3.582 was 5.8 cents below Wednesday’s number.

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