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Pump prices drop in R.I., Mass.

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THE PRICE FOR A GALLON of unleaded regular dropped 6 cents in Rhode Island and 7 cents in Massachusetts to $3.89 and $3.77, respectively.
Posted 10/22/12

PROVIDENCE – Gas prices in Rhode Island dropped another 6 cents this week, after dropping 2 cents last week, according to AAA Southern New England.

The cost of self-serve, unleaded regular averaged $3.89 per gallon in the Ocean State – down 6 cents from last week and 7 cents over the last month – according to the trade group’s weekly survey of Rhode Island’s pump prices.

AAA recommended consumers shop around for the best deal as the range in prices for unleaded regular in the Ocean State was 24 cents. Rhode Islanders could find regular unleaded priced anywhere from a low of $3.78 to a high of $4.02.

Rhode Island’s price is 21 cents greater than the $3.68 national average for a gallon of self-pump, regular unleaded.

Prices ranged from $4.09 per gallon for midgrade to $4.19 for premium unleaded and $4.14 for diesel. A year ago, gas in the Ocean State cost an average $3.55 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Gas prices in Massachusetts dropped 7 cents this week to $3.77 per gallon of self-serve unleaded, 9 cents above the national average of $3.77, according to AAA.

Bay State gas prices ranged from $3.97 per gallon for midgrade unleaded to $4.08 for premium and $4.10 for diesel.

Pump prices in the Bay State have dropped 7 cents over the past month. A year ago at this time, the Massachusetts average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.43.

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