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Gas prices fall 1 cent in R.I., hold steady in Mass.

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

The cost of self-serve, unleaded regular averaged $3.50 per gallon in the Ocean State – down 1 cents from last week and 19 cents over the month – according to the trade group’s weekly survey of Rhode Island’s pump prices.

Rhode Island’s price is currently 3 cents less than the $3.53 national average for a gallon of self-pump, regular unleaded.

AAA recommended drivers shop around for the best deal, as prices ranged 30 cents from $3.40 to $3.70 for a gallon of unleaded regular in Rhode Island.

This week, pump prices varied from $3.74 per gallon for midgrade to $3.85 for premium unleaded and $3.97 for diesel.

A year ago, gas in the Ocean State cost 38 cents more at an average $3.88 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Gas prices in Massachusetts was unchanged this week at $3.43 per gallon, 10 cents below the national average, according to AAA. Massachusetts’ gas prices have dropped 14 cents over the past month.

Bay State gas prices ranged from $3.66 per gallon for midgrade unleaded to $3.78 for premium and $3.90 for diesel.

A year ago, the Massachusetts average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.76.

The average nationwide cost for self-serve, regular gasoline rose 2 cents this week to $3.53 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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