Auto Club: Gas Prices Climb Nearly 22 Cents in One Month

July Price is Within Five Cents of Record Monthly Average

(LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2005) — Southern California's average price for regular gasoline rose nearly 22 cents during the past month to come within five cents of the all-time record monthly average, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California July average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.592 which compares to a June 14 average of $2.375 and comes within the all-time record monthly average of $2.642 set in April 2005. This is the highest July average recorded by the Fuel Gauge Report, exceeding the 2004 average by 34.6 cents.

"Traders and speculators have driven up the price of crude oil and gasoline over concerns about how the hurricane season in the Gulf region will affect production," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "Crude oil prices have fallen below the $60 per barrel range, so motorists might expect to see prices stop increasing as much or level off in the coming days."

Statewide, the average price for July is $2.589, up from $2.359 in June. The lowest average price in California still is in Marysville, where regular is selling for $2.430. South Lake Tahoe reported the state's highest average price at $2.758. Santa Barbara was close behind at $2.722. Nationally, the average price is $2.314, up from $2.13 in June.

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:

County/City Unl 7-19 Unl 6-14 Pre 7-19 Pre 6-14

Imperial County

      

El Centro

2.619 2.474 2.819 2.639

 

       

Inyo County

       

Bishop

2.655 2.333 2.769 2.439

 

       

Kern County

    

Bakersfield

2.545 2.279 2.719 2.587

Ridgecrest

2.499 2.392 2.551 2.499

 

       

Los Angeles County

    

Alhambra

2.502 2.285 2.839 2.479

Arcadia

2.589 2.354 2.689 2.529

Burbank

2.597 2.373 2.939 2.603

Culver City

2.657 2.459 2.799 2.899

Glendale

2.595 2.384 2.699 2.642

Glendora

2.494 2.274 2.756 2.424

Inglewood

2.569 2.315 2.766 2.486

Lancaster

2.582 2.307 2.721 2.514

Long Beach

2.569 2.332 2.755 2.535

Los Angeles

2.606 2.383 2.659 2.571

Manhattan Beach

2.607 2.397 2.769 2.439

Montebello

2.543 2.302 2.619 2.529

Santa Clarita

2.643 2.389 2.999 2.629

Santa Monica

2.662 2.487 2.715 2.799

Van Nuys

2.540 2.317 2.567 2.488

Whittier

2.552 2.323 2.843 2.539

Woodland Hills

2.612 2.366 2.605 2.611

 

       

Orange County

    

Anaheim

2.469 2.313 2.681 2.425

Fullerton

2.493 2.268 2.729 2.529

Huntington Beach

2.535 2.293 2.679 2.499

La Habra

2.469 2.262 2.899 2.459

Laguna Beach

2.672 2.406 2.839 2.572

Newport Beach

2.655 2.458 2.804 2.711

San Clemente

2.608 2.423 2.789 2.569

Tustin

2.593 2.377 2.792 2.596

 

       

Riverside County

    

Blythe

2.709 2.660 2.799 2.779

Hemet

2.602 2.331 2.799 2.499

Palm Springs

2.689 2.439 2.799 2.689

Riverside

2.505 2.268 2.769 2.432
         
San Bernardino County    
Redlands 2.520 2.294 2.556 2.499
San Bernardino 2.555 2.336 2.597 2.600
Victorville 2.639 2.397 2.821 2.549
         
San Diego County    
Chula Vista 2.588 2.341 2.839 2.669
Del Mar 2.639 2.467 2.780 2.689
Escondido 2.531 2.312 2.839 2.499
Oceanside 2.650 2.384 2.861 2.610
San Diego 2.639 2.391 2.817 2.560
         
San Luis Obispo County    
San Luis Obispo 2.691 2.440 2.879 2.579
         
Santa Barbara County    
Lompoc 2.649 2.526 2.789 2.699
Santa Barbara 2.720 2.519 2.840 2.674
Santa Maria 2.664 2.461 2.859 2.889
         
Tulare County    
Porterville2.549 2.359 2.619 2.479
Visalia2.590 2.413 2.597 2.649
         
Ventura County    
Ventura 2.571 2.336 2.668 2.528
         
So. Cal. Avg 2.592 2.375 2.757 2.579

The Auto Club's Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 2,800 Southern California gas stations. Oil Price Information Service - the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information, provides the data. Editors, for regional average daily fuel prices nationwide, please go to www.fuelgaugereport.com.

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