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PROVIDENCE — Gasoline prices in Rhode Island are down four cents this week and have now dropped by 23 cents since mid-July.

A Monday survey of prices conducted through AAA Northeast found self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline average $2.52 per gallon in Rhode Island. The state price remains four cents below the national average of $2.56

The drop in cost marks the eighth consecutive week of decline, with prices dropping a total of 23 cents over that time. Diana Imondi, manager of public affairs and traffic safety for AAA Northeast, said the recent trends could be good news for motorists through the last part of 2019.

“Gasoline demand in early September generally declines along with supplies as refineries undergo maintenance and prepare for the switchover to winter-blend gas,” Imondi said. “These typical trends mean savings for motorists, leading the way for potentially some of the cheapest gas prices at the end of the year.”

A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 34 cents higher at $2.86.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 36 cents, from a low of $2.37 to a high of $2.73.

— Jason Vallee

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