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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose four-tenths of a cent Tuesday to $3.073, one day after a 17-day streak of increases ended when it dropped one-tenth of a cent.

Refinery maintenance reduced the supply of gasoline, and diminished supply has resulted in increased prices, according to one official.

The average price is 2.9 cents more than one week ago, 27.7 cents higher than one month ago and 38.9 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The Orange County average price rose six-tenths of a cent to $3.067, the 18th increase in 20 days. It is 2.6 cents more than one week ago, 29.7 cents higher than one month ago and 41 cents greater than one year ago.

The Orange County average price rose 17 consecutive days, was unchanged on Sunday and dropped one-tenth of a cent on Monday.

The rising prices stem from unplanned maintenance at several refineries that have reduced supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

—City News Service

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