EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 8, 2012

Gas prices drop 3 cents in Mass. and NH

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — The cost of motor travel decreased again last week, thanks to an ongoing drop in gasoline prices. Service-station tracking by the auto club AAA showed across-the-board declines in regional and national pump prices. It was the ninth straight week in which fuel prices dropped.

In Massachusetts, motorists paid a state-wide average of $3.569 per gallon for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, AAA reported.

That was 3.1 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.600. But Wednesday’s figure was still 23.5 cents higher than the Bay State average recorded on the same day last year, when AAA put the average at $3.334.

New Hampshire’s state-wide average fell 3.0 cents last week, reaching $3.461 on Wednesday, compared to $3.491 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. On the same day of 2011, the Granite State average of $3.273 was 18.8 cents below Wednesday’s figure.

The U.S. coast-to-coast average moved 3.5 pennies lower last week.

On Wednesday, AAA put the national average for self-service regular at $3.380, from $3.415 the prior Wednesday. But Wednesday’s national figure was 10.4 cents above the $3.276 average on the corresponding day of 2011.