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May 25, 2014

Local drivers save more at the pump

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire nosed just a little bit lower again last week.

The declines have been slight, but across-the-state averaging by the auto club AAA shows that pump prices in both states have moved downward for three straight weeks.

Drivers in other parts of the country weren’t as fortunate last week. AAA reported that the U.S. coast-to-coast average moved slightly higher over the seven-day span ending Wednesday. The rise was a turn around from two consecutive weeks in which the national average eased.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.685 per gallon for self-service regular gas.

That was down 0.8 cents from the $3.693 per gallon reported by AAA seven days earlier. But Wednesday’s average was still 14.8 cents higher than the Bay State figure of $3.537 recorded on the same day of 2013.

In New Hampshire, a 0.9-cent dip brought the state average for self-service regular to $3.616 on Wednesday, compared to $3.625 the prior week, according to the auto club.

On the same day last year, the Granite State average was $3.472, or 14.4 pennies lower than Wednesday’s level.

AAA put the 50-state average at $3.642 on Wednesday, a small, 0.3-cent rise from the prior Wednesday’s $3.639. On the same day last year, the national average of $3.654 was 1.2 cents higher than Wednesday’s number.

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