This week's drop marks the lowest point in an eight-week slide that has taken diesel prices to their best level since October 24. Still, diesel remains nearly 60 cents higher than it was a year ago.
As usual, west coast diesel prices were the highest in the country, averaging a dime higher than the national average. Prices on the Gulf Coast hovered about a dime below the national average. California is still above four dollars at $4.047 per gallon.
Gasoline prices continue to drop, falling another 5.7 cents this week to $3.229 a gallon. It was the fifth straight drop.
Oil prices rose slightly Monday following a 7% drop last week. Benchmark crude gained 35 cents to end at $93.88 per barrel in New York.
The volume of oil trading slowed on Monday with only two, holiday-shortened weeks left in the year. Many oil traders continue to sell their remaining investments for 2011 in an end-of-the-year purge that helped push oil prices lower last week.