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PROVIDENCE — After a small spike in costs last week, gas prices are back on a downward trajectory.

Gasoline prices in Rhode Island are down two cents this week, according to AAA Northeast. A survey of prices in Rhode Island Monday found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.49 per gallon.

“An increase in gasoline supplies amid robust demand helped to push gas prices lower on the week,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of AAA public and government affairs. “We expect to see this trend to continue throughout most of the month, with the exception of Thanksgiving. With nearly 49.3 million Americans expected to travel by car for the holiday, gas prices may start to fluctuate by the end of this week.”

Rhode Island’s price is 10 cents below the national average of $2.59.

A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 19 cents higher at $2.68 per gallon.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 32 cents, from a low of $2.37 to a high of $2.69.

— Jason Vallee

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