Regional and national gasoline prices registered their second straight week of declines last week. Pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA showed small drops of about one penny per gallon in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The overall U.S. average price eased by a more substantial rate of nearly three cents per gallon over the seven-day span.

AAA published a Massachusetts average price of $3.725 for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, a 0.9-cent decrease from the prior Wednesday’s $3.734. Wednesday’s average was 6.4 cents lower than the Bay State level of $3.661 recorded on the same day last year.

In New Hampshire, a 1.6-cent drop brought the average price for self-service regular to $3.663 on Wednesday, compared to $3.679 seven days earlier, according to AAA. On the same day of 2012, the New Hampshire state average of $3.598 was 6.5 cents above Wednesday’s figure.

The U.S. national average reached $3.600 on Wednesday, easing 2.7 cents from the prior week’s $3.627, auto club figures showed. Wednesday’s national average was 3.4 cents lower than the $3.634 reported on the same day last year.

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