WASHINGTON — The average on-highway price of a gallon of diesel fell for the second consecutive week, ending at $2.569, a decline of 1.6 cents for the week ending January 23, according to the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy.
The two-week decline comes on the heels of increases for six straight weeks.
The price, however, remains much higher than the same week one year ago when the average price was $2.071.
For the week ending January 23, all regions of the country showed a decline with the exception of the New England states, where the price rose one-tenth of a penny.
The two largest declines were the Midwest with a 2.9 cent-a-gallon drop, and the Central Atlantic states, where the price dropped 2 cents a gallon.
Benchmark U.S. crude fell 47 cents, or 0.9 percent, to close at $52.75 per barrel.