BOSTON — The slow but steady increase in state gas prices appears to have subsided, at least for now.After jumping over 40 cents in the 10 weeks before Memorial Day, state gas prices have dropped 3 cents this week after they remained the same the week before, according to AAA Northeast. AAA's survey of state gas prices Monday found self-serve regular unleaded averaging $2.89 per gallon. That price is 3 cents lower than the national average, but 63 cents higher than it was 12 months ago."Gas prices are falling across the country, while remaining more expensive than they were a year ago," said AAA Northeeast spokeswoman Mary Maguire. "The higher prices in recent weeks seem to be influencing driving habits. While consumer gasoline demand remains strong, it is slowing and not growing."The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 34 cents, from a low of $2.72 to a high of $3.06. The average state price for other grades of gasoline this week is $3.09 for mid-grade unleaded; $3.25 for premium unleaded; and $3.15 for diesel.
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