---- — Two weeks ago regional gasoline prices made an upward turn, after steadily decreasing for the five weeks leading up to the start of August. But last week pump prices corrected themselves, with averages in Massachusetts and New Hampshire turning lower to resume the trend that prevailed through all of July, according to pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA.
The overall national average also declined last week, reversing direction after two straight weeks in which the coast-to-coast average rose, AAA reported.
Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.685 for a gallon of self-service regular gas on Wednesday, according to the group. That was 1.8 pennies lower than the prior Wednesday’s Bay State figure of $3.703. Wednesday’s average was 19.6 cents lower than the state average of $3.881 reported on the same day of 2012.
The New Hampshire state-wide average drifted two cents lower last week, reaching $3.630 on Wednesday, from $3.650 seven days earlier, AAA reported. On the same day last year, New Hampshire’s average of $3.850 was 22.0 cents above Wednesday’s level.
The auto club put the 50-state average at $3.558 on Wednesday. That was 3.1 cents below the $3.589 recorded on the prior Wednesday. On the same day of 2012, the U.S. average of $3.843 was 28.5 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.