Local gas prices increase again

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose 1.2 cents Saturday to $3.61.

The average price has increased on back-to-back days after decreasing 76 of the previous 79 days, dropping to its lowest amount since Dec. 27, 2011, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 2.3 cents more than one week ago, 17.6 cents less than one month ago and unchanged from one year ago.

The Orange County average price also rose 1.2 cents Saturday, the sixth increase in seven days following a 75-day streak of dropping prices.

The Orange County average price of $3.59 is 3.1 cents more than one week ago, but 16.4 cents less than one month ago and a half-cent lower than one year ago.

“It’s not uncommon for prices to drop in November and December and then head up at the very end of the year,” Marie Montgomery Nordhues of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service. “That’s exactly what happened in 2011 as well.”

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