Auto Club: Gas Prices Down From Last Month

Declines Continues Summertime Trend

(LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2003) — The average price of gasoline in Southern California fell again last month, continuing a trend that has characterized the summer of 2003 so far. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Southern California is 3.8 cents lower than last month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $1.763, down from $1.801 on June 17. The lowest average price in the state is Anaheim, where drivers can pump regular self-serve unleaded gasoline for $1.68. Blythe has the highest average price at $1.995. San Francisco Bay-area motorists now pay an average of $1.95, up from $1.88 in June.

Nationally, prices are up 1.4 cents since the June AAA survey and are now averaging $1.517 per gallon. South Carolina has the lowest state average at $1.382.

"Prices have been inching lower for most of the summer. The only exception was during the middle of June when there was a price spike caused by production problems at three Northern California refineries," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "There is ample supply of gasoline currently, and as long as there are no production interruptions, we would expect the price of gas to continue edging lower through the month of July."

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

County Unl Pre
Imperial County
EL CENTRO 1.868 2.059
Inyo County
BISHOP 1.948 2.139
Kern County
BAKERSFIELD 1.782 1.941
RIDGECREST 1.854 1.999
Los Angeles County
ALHAMBRA 1.724 1.874
ARCADIA 1.740 1.929
BURBANK 1.691 1.897
CULVER CITY 1.770 2.099
GLENDALE 1.707 1.897
GLENDORA 1.736 1.939
INGLEWOOD 1.717 1.929
LANCASTER 1.661 1.869
LONG BEACH 1.752 1.939
LOS ANGELES 1.752 1.940
MANHATTAN BEACH 1.786 1.934
MONTEBELLO 1.744 1.922
SANTA CLARITA 1.704 1.886
SANTA MONICA 1.753 1.899
VAN NUYS 1.696 1.932
WHITTIER 1.751 1.923
WOODLAND HILLS 1.706 1.908
Orange County
ANAHEIM 1.682 1.890
FULLERTON 1.703 1.879
HUNTINGTON BEACH 1.736 1.946
LA HABRA 1.701 1.887
LAGUNA BEACH 1.772 2.006
NEWPORT BEACH 1.812 1.959
SAN CLEMENTE 1.796 1.912
TUSTIN 1.740 1.976
Riverside County
BLYTHE 1.995 2.111
HEMET 1.690 1.865
PALM SPRINGS 1.808 1.999
RIVERSIDE 1.689 1.866
San Bernardino County
REDLANDS 1.726 1.829
SAN BERNARDINO 1.714 1.923
VICTORVILLE 1.712 1.869
San Diego County
CHULA VISTA 1.752 1.981
DEL MAR 1.743 1.876
ESCONDIDO 1.683 1.906
OCEANSIDE 1.746 1.964
SAN DIEGO 1.765 1.975
San Luis Obispo County
SAN LUIS OBISPO 1.818 2.001
Santa Barbara County
LOMPOC 1.826 2.119
SANTA BARBARA 1.833 1.959
SANTA MARIA 1.842 1.989
Tulare County
PORTERVILLE 1.864 2.039
VISALIA 1.855 2.075
Ventura County
VENTURA 1.763 1.979
So. Calif. Avg. 1.763 1.974

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.

The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest affiliate of the AAA, has been serving members since 1900. Today, the Auto Club�s members benefit by roadside assistance, insurance products and services, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing, buying and financing programs, automotive testing and analysis, trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs. Information about these products and services is available on the Auto Club�s Web site at www.aaa-calif.com.

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