TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices fell further in New Jersey but remained steady around the nation at large as an increase in total domestic gasoline stocks helped stem an increase in demand.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.86, down four cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average of $2.07 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.86, unchanged from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $1.83 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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Analysts say New Jersey saw a drop in gas prices while prices fluctuated in other areas of the country, but the recent rise in crude prices and possible increase in demand could bring the decline in prices to an end.

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