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Gas Prices Rise After Year-End Respite

San Diego County gasoline prices rose 4.2 cents during the week of Jan. 21-27, to an average of $2.548 per gallon of self-serve regular, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s weekend gas watch survey.

Motorists are paying about a quarter per gallon more since the first of the year. Prices bottomed out at $2.284 per gallon on Dec. 30, according to the Auto Club.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area is $2.509, which is 5.9 cents higher than last week. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.651, up 5.9 cents from last week. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $2.529, up 5.3 cents from last week.

“Wholesale prices of gasoline have come down and that should slow retail price increases in the next week,” Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp said. “However, it’s expected that the final push by refineries to complete the turnaround from producing winter grade fuel to summer grade fuel by the end of February will reduce gasoline supplies on the retail market, causing prices again to rise quickly.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., Jan. 27.

, Brad Graves

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