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:
|Los Angeles County|
|San Bernardino County|
|San Diego County|
|San Luis Obispo County|
|SAN LUIS OBISPO||1.818||2.001|
|Santa Barbara County|
|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.