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Gas Prices Rise for First Time in Two Months

(LOS ANGELES – July 14, 2011) –Gas prices in most Southern California areas reversed course and began rising for the first time in two months over the past week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.802 per gallon, which is 1.7 cents higher than last week, 16 cents lower than last month, and 69 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.788, an increase of 3.3 cents from last week, 14 cents below last month, and 67 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.839, up 1.1 cents from last week, 14 cents lower than a month ago, and 66 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.77, which is 1.6 cents higher than last week, 15 cents lower than last month, and 67 cents more than last year.
“Last week’s higher oil and wholesale gasoline prices related to the weaker dollar had a quick impact at the pump for local drivers,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.  “Oil is now trading lower than $100 a barrel again, so it remains to be seen whether prices will continue to rise.” 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on July 14, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +1.7 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +2.7 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +3.3 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     +1.1 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +1.6 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      -1.8 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      +1.6 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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