Diesel price drops, barely

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel decreased less than a penny for the week ending Monday, March 13, to $2.543, or 34 cents more than in the same week of 2005.

The average diesel price decreased in most of the country, the U.S. Department of Energy reported, but it went up 3 cents in New England, 2 cents in the Rockies and a penny on the West Coast.

The West Coast had the most expensive diesel in the country at $2.725. In California, the average was even higher, $2.747. The least expensive diesel in the country was in the Midwest at $2.491.

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