---- — After moderately increasing for the two preceding weeks, gasoline prices made a downward bend last week. Pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA showed dips of about one penny per gallon in the average prices for self-service regular gas across Massachusetts and New Hampshire over the seven days ending Wednesday.
During the same period, the overall national average saw a more substantial drop of more than 6 cents per gallon, AAA reported. It was the second straight week in which the 50-state, U.S. average dropped.
Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.535 per gallon for self-service regular on Wednesday, according to the auto club. That was down 1.5 cents from the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.550. But Wednesday’s average was 9.7 cents higher than the Bay State level of $3.438 recorded on the same day last year.
In New Hampshire, Wednesday’s state-wide average of $3.480 represented an 0.9-cent dip from the $3.489 recorded seven days earlier, AAA figures showed. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average of $3.395 was 8.5 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.
AAA compiled a U.S. national average of $3.541 for self-service regular on Wednesday, 6.2 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s $3.603. Wednesday’s coast-to-coast average was 14.4 cents above the $3.397 reported on the same day last year.