Gas prices rise in R.I., Mass. for fourth consecutive week
BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
GAS PRICES rose 7 cents in Rhode Island this week and 8 cents in Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.72 and $3.69 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. The national average rose 3 cents to $3.70 per gallon.
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island and Massachusetts both reported gasoline price increases this week, extending the trend of rising prices in both states for a fourth consecutive week, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.72 in Rhode Island in the April 28 survey, an increase of 7 cents over the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was 8 cents higher than last week at $3.69 per gallon.
Rhode Island’s average price came in 12 cents higher than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices were 17 cents higher than last month’s. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.70 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.42 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.64 to $3.87 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.94 for mid-grade unleaded to $4.03 for premium unleaded to $4.11 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.57 to $3.90 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.86 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.98 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.09 per gallon.
The national average price for a gallon of unleaded regular rose 3 cents compared with last week to $3.70, 1 cent higher than the Massachusetts average and 2 cents lower than Rhode Island’s average.
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