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Massachusetts gas prices rise 4 cents a gallon

The average price for gas in Massachusetts is $3.68 a gallon in the latest weekly AAA survey, up 4 cents from the previous week’s average, AAA Southern New England said Monday.

According to AAA, unrest in Iraq has affected gas prices nationwide.

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“The average price of $3.68 per gallon is the highest price recorded nationally on this

date in six years,” Mary Maguire, AAA Southern New England director of public and

legislative affairs, said in a statement. “Much of the attention of global market watchers is on the violence in Iraq and the potential impact on the oil producing capability of that country.”

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In Massachusetts, gas prices are 3 cents higher than they were a month ago.

The current Massachusetts average price is the same as the current national price this week, AAA Southern New England said.

A year ago at this time, the Massachusetts average price was 20 cents lower at $3.48 a gallon.

In the latest Massachusetts weekly survey, there was a 36-cent price range, from a low of $3.53 to a high of $3.89.

AAA’s weekly surveys focus on the price of regular, unleaded, self-serve gas.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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