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Diesel price dips slightly to $3.845

Diesel prices declined for the tenth straight week but not by much. The national average retail price for on-highway diesel dropped 0.6 cent to $3.845 a gallon during the week ended May 6, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. The national average price is at its lowest level since early August. Diesel prices are 21.2 cents lower than the same week last year.

Diesel prices fell in all but one region — the Midwest, where the average price rose 2.9 cents. California experienced the largest drop — 4.6 cents — but it still had the nation’s most expensive diesel on average at $4.001 a gallon. The Gulf Coast region has the nation’s cheapest diesel on average at $3.735 a gallon.

Complete diesel price information is available on EIA’s Website.


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Avery Vise is executive director, trucking research and analysis for Randall-Reilly Business Media and also serves as senior editor, industry analysis for Commercial Carrier Journal. Previously, he was editorial director of Randall-Reilly’s Fleet/Dealer/Aftermarket group and had served as chief editor of CCJ for 10 years. From 1985 to 1998, Vise worked for McGraw-Hill’s Aviation Week Group, covering Congress and the Department of Transportation for publications about the commercial aviation industry. He has received numerous awards from American Business Media and the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his coverage of the trucking industry. Vise is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with degrees in government and history.