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Pump prices continue to drop in R.I., Mass.

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GASOLINE PRICES dropped 1 cent in Rhode Island this week and 2 cents in Massachusetts, according to AAA Southern New England.
Posted 3/25/13

PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices in the Ocean State dropped 1 cent this week in the third consecutive week of price declines, AAA Southern New England reported Monday.

The cost of self-serve, unleaded regular averaged $3.75 per gallon in the Ocean State – down 1 cent from last week and 8 cents over the month – according to the trade group’s weekly survey of Rhode Island’s pump prices.

Rhode Island’s price is currently 8 cents greater than the $3.67 national average for a gallon of self-pump, regular unleaded.

AAA recommended drivers shop around for the best deal, as prices ranged 25 cents from $3.61 to $3.86 for a gallon of unleaded regular.

This week, pump prices varied from $3.93 per gallon for midgrade to $4.07 for premium unleaded and $4.18 for diesel. A year ago, gas in the Ocean State cost an average $3.88 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Gas prices in Massachusetts dropped 2 cents this week to $3.64 per gallon, 3 cents below the national average, according to AAA. Massachusetts’ gas prices are down 13 cents over the past month.

Bay State gas prices ranged from $3.83 per gallon for midgrade unleaded to $3.94 for premium and $4.06 for diesel. A year ago at this time, the Massachusetts average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.77.

The average nationwide cost for self-serve, regular gasoline dropped 2 cents this week to $3.67 a gallon, according to the AAA website. Pump prices reached their highest recorded average price on July 17, 2008, at $4.11 per gallon.

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