Average diesel price finally dips

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel dropped more than a nickel, to $2.259, for the week ending April 18.

That’s some relief after nine straight weeks of increases in the average price, which set a new record four weeks in a row. Still, the new average price was more than 53 cents higher than the average price a year ago.

The average price was down in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy, with the biggest drop, more than 7 cents, enjoyed on the Gulf Coast.

On average, diesel was most expensive on the West Coast at $2.582 a gallon and least expensive on the Gulf Coast at $2.180.

For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, visit http://www.etrucker.com/apps/promiles/fuelprices.asp.