EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 21, 2013

Gas prices drop near $3.50

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Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Pump prices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the United Staters at large dropped last week for the seventh straight week, according to state and national averaging by the auto club AAA.

With a seven-day decline of more than 6 cents per gallon for self-service regular gas, the average price in New Hampshire settled below the $3.50 mark at mid week. The Massachusetts state-wide average and the U.S. 50-state average remained slightly above that milestone.

On Wednesday, AAA reported a Massachusetts statewide average of $3.525 for self-service regular, down 6.1 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.586. Wednesday’s figure was 38.8 cents lower than the Bay State average recorded on the same day last year, when area drivers paid nearly $4 per gallon, or $3.913, according to AAA’s average.

New Hampshire saw a decline of 6.2 cents over the seven-day span. Wednesday’s Granite State average was $3.479, compared to $3.541 a week earlier. On the same day of 2012, the New Hampshire average of $3.869 was 39.0 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

The overall U.S. average eased 5.3 cents during the period, reaching $3.519 on Wednesday from $3.572 seven days earlier. On the same day last year, the overall U.S. average of $3.904 was 38.5 cents higher than Wednesday’s average.