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 Sunday for the third consecutive day, increasing four-tenths of a cent to $3.62.

The average price is 2.8 cents more than one week ago, but 16.1 cents less than one month ago and 1.3 cents lower than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price rose 1.5 cents on Friday, the largest daily increase since Oct. 7, and 1.2 cents on Saturday.

The Orange County average price also rose the seventh time in eight following a 75-day streak of dropping prices, increasing a half-cent to $3.59.  The Orange County average price is 3.4 cents more than one week ago, but 14.9 cents less than one month ago and 2.1 cents 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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