Average diesel price falls a nickel

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel fell 5.1 cents to $2.847 in the week ending Monday, Aug. 13, or 21.8 cents less than in the same week of 2006.

The average price fell in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy. The biggest decrease — 5.8 cents — was on the West Coast. Drivers there still paid the nation’s highest price for diesel, $3.019; Californians paid even more, $3.054, but that price was 8.6 cents cheaper than last week.

The New England and Rocky Mountain regions tied for the smallest price decline, 3.2 cents. The nation’s cheapest diesel fuel was on the Gulf Coast at $2.771 a gallon.

For updated state-by-state diesel prices, click here.