---- — Regional and national gasoline prices registered their eighth consecutive weekly decrease last week, falling below the $3.50 mark in Massachusetts and approaching a welcome, $3.40 per gallon in New Hampshire, according to fuel-price tracking by the auto club AAA.
As of mid week, the U.S. national average remained slightly above $3.50 per gallon for self-service regular gas, AAA reported.
The Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas dropped 3.7 cents last week, reaching $3.488 on Wednesday, compared to $3.525 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. On the same day of 2012, the Bay State average of $3.891 was 40.3 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
New Hampshire drivers saw the state-wide average drop to $3.424 on Wednesday, down 5.5 cents from the prior week’s $3.479, AAA figures showed. One year earlier, the Granite State average of $3.849 was 42.5 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.
The U.S. national average nudged lower by only 0.3 cents, to $3.516 on Wednesday, from $3.519 the prior Wednesday. On the same day last year, the coast-to-coast average of $3.849 was 33.3 cents above Wednesday’s average, AAA reported.