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Maine gas prices drop slightly

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Gas prices in Maine dropped slightly in the past week, but remain well above the national average.

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the average retail price in the state fell by just over a penny to $3.58.

Nationally, the price remained unchanged, at $3.43 per gallon.

Prices in Maine are now nearly 11 cents lower per gallon than a month ago, yet remain more than 18 cents higher than a year ago.

A company analyst predicts that prices will fluctuate up and down between now and Christmas.