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Gas prices drop in R.I., Mass., closing in on national average

Gasoline prices continued to drop in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, while the national average held steady, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. More

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Gas prices drop in R.I., Mass., closing in on national average

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PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices continued to drop in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, while the national average held steady, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.

A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.48 in Rhode Island in the Oct. 15 survey, 6 cents less than the price a week ago.

In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular gas this week was $3.39 per gallon, down a nickel over last week.

Rhode Island’s average price comes in 22 cents lower than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 20 cents cheaper than last month’s. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.94 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.83 per gallon in Massachusetts.

Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.36 to $3.76 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.74 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.86 for premium unleaded to $3.97 for diesel.

Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.27 to $3.56 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.60 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.73 per gallon and diesel posted an average price of $3.92 per gallon.

National gas prices held at last week’s average of $3.34 for a gallon of unleaded regular, only 5 cents lower than the Massachusetts average of $3.39 per gallon and 14 cents lower than Rhode Island’s $3.48 average.

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