Union 76 fuel pump
A Union 76 gas pump in San Diego. Photo credit: Staff photo

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County recorded its largest increase since Oct. 4 Friday, rising 2.6 cents to $4.614, its highest amount since Dec. 11.

The average price has increased 12 of the past 14 days, increasing 7.7 cents, including three-tenths of a cent both Wednesday and Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 3 cents more than one week ago and 7.1 cents higher than one month ago, but 4.2 cents less than one year ago.

The average price has dropped $1.821 since rising to a record $6.435 on Oct. 5.

“Los Angeles wholesale gas prices are almost 90 cents higher than at their lowest point of last year in December, but retail average prices have risen by less than 20 cents,” Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager, said Thursday. “We expect prices will continue rising during the spring months.”

The national average price fell for the sixth consecutive day following a 17-day streak of increases, dropping seven-tenths of a cent to $3.491. It is 1.8 cents less than one week ago but 26.3 cents more than one month ago and 7.8 cents higher than one year ago.

The national average price has dropped 1.9 cents over the past six days, including three-tenths of a cent Thursday, after rising 24.3 cents during the 17-day streak of increases. It has dropped $1.525 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14.

— City News Service