U.S. diesel price tumbles 21.6 cents, $3.659

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Continuing its slide of recent weeks, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel tumbled 21.6 cents to $3.659 for the week ending Monday, Oct. 13. The price — the lowest since March 3, when it was $3.658 — has fallen $1.105 since hitting a record high of $4.764 on July 14.

Still, this week’s price is 62.0 cents higher than the same week last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE’s weekly price update was delayed one day because of the Columbus Day holiday.

All regions tracked by DOE saw price declines. The largest retreat by region, 24.1 cents, was found in the Lower Atlantic, where week-over-week prices declined to $3.655. The smallest decline by region, 14.4 cents, was found in New England, where week-over-week prices fell to $3.892, the nation’s most expensive diesel by region. The nation’s least expensive diesel by region, $3.622, was found on the West Coast, where week-over-week prices fell 22.5 cents.

California, which DOE tracks separately for its weekly update, saw a 21.3-cent price decline to $3.656. For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, click here.