The national average price for regular gasoline ticked up for a second week (0.7¢ to $1.941/gal.), for the week ending March 9. Meanwhile, diesel was down in all regions, the average price falling for the eighth straight week, shedding 4.2¢ to $2.045/gal.

The average price for regular gasoline at retail is down $1.284/gal. below a year ago and $2.173 under the all-time high set on July 7, 2008. For the week, the Midwest was at $1.918, the Gulf Coast $1.819, the Rocky Mountains $1.814, the West Coast $2.168, and California $2.196/gal.

The average diesel price is $1.774/gal. below the price a year ago and $2.719 below the all-time high of July 14, 2008. For the week, the Midwest shed 4.2¢ to hit $1.988, the first week since Feb. 21, 2005 that any region fell below $2. Otherwise, the East Coast shaved 3.1¢ to $2.122, the Gulf Coast 3.7¢ to $2.006, the Rocky Mountains 7.4¢ to $2.017, and the West Coast was at $2.12. California was down 6.9¢ to $2.075/gal.