R.I., Mass. gas prices tick up 3 cents

THE AVERAGE price of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts was $2.51 per gallon this week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
THE AVERAGE price of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts was $2.51 per gallon this week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island increased 3 cents to $2.51 per gallon this week, 10 cents below the national average of $2.61 per gallon, according to AAA Northeast Tuesday.

Last year at this time, the average price of regular gas was 34 cents higher in Rhode Island. Prices ranged 34 cents from $2.35 to $2.69 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.83 per gallon, ranging from $2.70 to $2.99 per gallon.
  • Premium gas averaged $2.98, ranging from $2.89 to $3.09 per gallon.
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3, ranging from $2.89 to $3.35 per gallon.

“While most states are seeing more expensive gas prices on the week, the good news is the majority of increases were no more than a few pennies,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of AAA public and government affairs. “Crude prices increased last week as a result of increased optimism that China and the U.S. – the world’s two largest crude consumers – are continuing to resolve ongoing trade tensions.”

In Massachusetts, the average price of regular gas increased 3 cents this week to $2.51 per gallon, 10 cents below the national average. Prices were 23 cents higher at this time last year in the Bay State.

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Prices ranged 76 cents this week, from $2.29 to $3.05 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $3.09 per gallon.
  • Premium gas averaged $3.39 per gallon.
  • Diesel fuel averaged $2.98 per gallon.

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