The week between Christmas and New Year's saw the national
average price for diesel drop by 1.6 cents.
The national price per gallon on New Year's Day was $2.580,
down from $2.596 on Christmas Day, according to the Energy Information
All nine EIA regions from coast to coast reported decreases.
The biggest decrease was 2.9 cents per gallon in the Central
Atlantic region, where diesel prices dropped from $2.710 to $2.681.
Next was New England, where prices fell from $2.737 to
$2.710 - a 2.7-cent decrease.
The East Coast region reported a 2.2-cent decrease from
$2.587 to $2.565, while the Lower Atlantic region reported a 1.7-cent decrease
from $2.520 to $2.503.
The Gulf Coast region reported the cheapest diesel in the
nation, with an average price last week of $2.50, down 1.4 cents from the
Midwest diesel priced at $2.534 this week, down 1.6 cents,
was the second cheapest.
The Rocky Mountain region reported a 1.6-cent decrease in
diesel prices from $2.713 to $2.697.
Decreases in price weren't much in California or the West
Diesel in California dropped two-tenths of a cent to $2.883,
while West Coast diesel dropped three-tenths of a cent to $2.853.
The national average last week was 13.8 cents per gallon
higher than the national average at the end of 2005.