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January 26, 2014

Gas prices drop again

Driving became a little more affordable again last week. Pump-price reports from the auto club AAA showed declines in the cost of gasoline nationally and across the region last week. It was the third consecutive week in which the regional price of gas moved lower, and the fourth straight week that the national average dipped.

Last week’s regional and national averages were within 5 cents of the prices published by AAA at the same time last year.

In Massachusetts, drivers paid an average of $3.444 for a gallon of self-service regular gas on Wednesday, AAA reported. That was 3.5 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.479. On the same day of 2013, the Massachusetts average of $3.467 was 2.3 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

New Hampshire drivers saw a 2.7-cent decline, with the state average reaching $3.366 for self-service regular on Wednesday, compared to $3.393 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. Wednesday’s average was 4.5 cents lower than the Granite State figure of $3.411 on the same day last year.

AAA reported an overall U.S. average of $3.283 on Wednesday, 2.3 cents below the $3.306 level one week before. Wednesday’s national average was 2.7 cents lower than the $3.310 recorded on the same day of 2013.

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