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PROVIDENCE — Gas prices in Rhode Island are down by an average of two cents this week, continuing a slow and steady decline that began in mid-October.

According to a survey of prices on Monday conducted through AAA Northeast, the cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline dropped by two cents for the second consecutive week and now sits at $2.32 per gallon. Rhode Island's price is seven cents higher than the national average of $2.25.

“Increased demand, likely due to consumers filling up ahead of the cold weather, continues to be offset locally by strong supplies of gasoline,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast.

A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 29 cents higher at $2.61.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 40 cents, from a low of $2.19 to a high of $2.59.

— Jason Vallee

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