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Gas Prices Inch Up At Year's End

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Gas prices inched up slightly in the last full week of 2013 and are now about seven cents higher than their lowest point of the year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.610 a gallon for regular today – 2.5 cents higher than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.653 per gallon, which is 1.1 cents more than last week, 6 cents higher than last month, and 7 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.641, which is 1.3 cents above last week, 4 cents higher than last month, and 6 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.669, up two-tenths of a cent from last week, 5 cents higher than a month ago, and 4 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.620, up six-tenths of a cent from last week, 5 cents higher than last month, and 7 cents more than last year.


“It appears Southern Californians are making it through 2013 without seeing any new price records set for gasoline, but average prices have remained stubbornly above $3.50 a gallon for nearly three straight years,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “The lowest price average of the year was reached last month, when average prices reached $3.58 a gallon in Los Angeles and $3.59 a gallon in San Diego.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 26, averages are: 






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


+1.1 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+1.5 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+1.3 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


+0.2 cent

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


+0.6 cent

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







+1.2 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







+0.5 cent

   $4.689 (10/7/12)

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