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January 20, 2013

Gas prices take slight dip in Mass., nation

After clocking increases for the ending week of 2012 and the start of 2013, regional gasoline prices stabilized last week.

The average price for self-service regular gas edged slightly lower in Massachusetts, while the New Hampshire average remained unchanged over the seven-day span ending Tuesday, according to price tracking by the auto club AAA.

The U.S. national average also saw a slight decline last week, AAA reported.

During the same period, regional and national prices drew very close to the levels drivers paid at the same point of 2012.

In Massachusetts, the auto club compiled a state-wide average of $3.477 per gallon for self-service regular on Tuesday. That was 0.8 cents lower than the prior Tuesday’s average of $3.485. Tuesday’s figure was 5.8 cents higher than the Bay State average of $3.419 recorded on the same day last year.

The New Hampshire average remained unchanged at $3.419 as of Tuesday, AAA found. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average of $3.377 was 4.2 cents below Tuesday’s level.

The overall coast-to-coast average nudged downward by 0.3 cents, reaching $3.297 on Tuesday from $3.300 the prior week, according to AAA. Wednesday’s coast-to-coast average was 9.0 cents above the $3.387 recorded on the same day last year.

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