Inland Empire gasoline prices rise

RIVERSIDE – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire rose 2.2 cents Saturday to $2.781.

The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is 1 cent more than one week ago and 6.4 cents more than one month ago but 7.6 cents less than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

“The last time that drivers paid lower gas prices on Halloween was in 2006, when Southland gas prices averaged between $2.40 and $2.45 a gallon,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager. “The less expensive winter blend of gasoline will start being sold at local pumps as early as (Tuesday), so hopefully we will see some more definitive downward movement for gas prices.”

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