Falling gas prices in R.I., Mass. close in on national average

Gasoline prices fell in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, slightly narrowing the margin between the state and national averages, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. More

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Falling gas prices in R.I., Mass. close in on national average

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GAS PRICES fell 4 cents this week in Rhode Island and 3 cents in Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.45 and $3.35 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. The national average in the Feb. 3 survey was $3.28 per gallon, unchanged for the past two weeks.
Posted 2/3/14

PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices fell in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, further narrowing the margin between the state and national averages, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.

A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.45 in Rhode Island in the Feb. 3 survey, 4 cents less than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.35 per gallon, 3 cents below last week.

Rhode Island’s average price comes in 9 cents cheaper than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 13 cents lower than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.66 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.59 per gallon in Massachusetts.

Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.31 to $3.59 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.73 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.84 for premium unleaded to $4.14 for diesel.

Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.21 to $3.60 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.57 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.68 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.16 per gallon.

Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.28 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 17 cents lower than Rhode Island and 7 cents lower than Massachusetts – which has remained unchanged for the past two consecutive weeks.

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