the Department of Energy's survey of retail diesel prices (on-highway
use), the week ending Jan. 21 saw the national U.S. average cost
per gallon fall from $1.159 to $1.140.
On the East
Coast, fuel slipped a bit from $1.192 to $1.177; in New England,
however, it remained the same as last week, $1.295. In the Central
Atlantic region, the cost per gallon dropped from $1.283 to $1.267;
in the lower Atlantic region, prices averaged $1.128, down from
The best prices
for fuel last week were in the Midwest ($1.112) and Gulf Coast ($1.111).
In the Rocky Mountain region, a gallon of diesel sold last week
for $1.126, only slightly down from last week.
the price of fuel hit a low of $1.242, the cheapest since the record-setting
week of Dec. 17.