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Gas Prices Post First Week of Gains After Summer Downturn

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Continued local refinery issues and higher oil prices have pushed up pump prices after more than a month of declines, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.67 a gallon for regular today, four cents more than last Thursday.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.708 per gallon, which is 5.7 cents higher than last week, 14 cents lower than last month, and 97 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.705, which is 3.4 cents higher than last week, 14 cents lower than last month, and 97 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.749, 3.3 cents more than last week, 17 cents lower than a month ago, and 88 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.646, 3.8 cents more than last week, 16 cents less than last month, and 96 cents less than last year.
“The Valero Wilmington refinery is reportedly experiencing some issues, which has tightened up the Southern California gasoline supply,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “Today, the lower-priced gasoline stations are in the $2.20-to-$2.35-per-gallon range for regular.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 25, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


+5.7 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+5.6 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+3.4 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



+3.3 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


+3.8 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







+3.2 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







+2.7 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)



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