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Gas prices rise for 5th consecutive week

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GASOLINE PRICES IN RHODE ISLAND rose 3 cents this week to $3.83 per gallon as Massachusetts' pump prices rose 4 cents to $3.77 per gallon.
Posted 2/25/13

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s gasoline prices continued to rise this week, jumping 3 cents to $3.83 per gallon in the fifth consecutive week of price increases, AAA Southern New England said Monday.

The cost of self-serve, unleaded regular averaged $3.83 per gallon in the Ocean State – up 3 cents from last week and up 28 cents over the last month – according to the trade group’s weekly survey of Rhode Island’s pump prices.

Rhode Island’s price is 5 cents greater than the $3.78 national average for a gallon of self-pump, regular unleaded.

AAA recommended drivers shop around for the best deal, as prices ranged 19 cents, from $3.76 to $3.95 for a gallon of unleaded regular.

This week, pump prices varied from $3.99 per gallon for midgrade to $4.11 for premium unleaded and $4.20 for diesel. A year ago, gas in the Ocean State cost an average $3.78 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Gas prices in Massachusetts rose 4 cents this week to $3.77 per gallon, 1 cent below the national average of $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA.

Bay State gas prices ranged from $3.91 per gallon for midgrade unleaded to $4.05 for premium and $4.21 for diesel. A year ago at this time, the Massachusetts average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.69.

The average nationwide cost for self-serve, regular gasoline rose 4 cents this week to $3.78 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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