EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 10, 2013

Pump prices turn lower at last

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — The price of gasoline decreased by a few pennies per gallon last week in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, according to the auto club AAA. The decline followed five straight weeks of increases that pushed the average price for self-service regular gas above $3.75 in Massachusetts, and reach very near that point in New Hampshire.

The overall national average also dropped last week, falling below $3.75 after six consecutive weekly increases, AAA reported.

In Massachusetts, drivers paid an average of $3.743 for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, the auto club found. That was 3.4 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.777. Wednesday’s Bay State average was nearly identical to the state-wide figure compiled by AAA one year earlier, when the organization released a Massachusetts average of $3.746

The New Hampshire state-wide average eased by 3.9 cents over the seven-day span. On Wednesday, AAA reported a state average of $3.704 for self-service regular, down from $3.743 the prior Wednesday. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average at $3.711 was 0.7 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

The coast-to-coast average eased by 5.9 cents last week. On Wednesday the auto club reported a national average of $3.727, compared to $3.786 one week earlier. On the same day last year, the overall U.S. average of $3.764 was 3.7 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure