The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped four-tenths of a cent Saturday to $3.296, one day after decreasing three-tenths of a cent.

The average price is six-tenths of a cent less than one week ago, 13.2 cents less than one month ago, and 6.9 cents lower than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The Orange County average price dropped a half-cent Saturday to $3.256, after dropping eight-tenths of a cent each of the previous two days. It is 1.4 cents less than one week ago, 12.3 cents less than one month ago and 7.9 cents lower than one year ago.

Higher prices are expected with the shift to summer blend gasoline, expected to begin next week, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

“Last week, Oil Price Information Service reported that the region’s major gasoline pipeline will begin shipping `summer blend’ gasoline on or around Jan. 29,” Spring said. “Once that blend arrives at stations, it adds at least 12 cents a gallon to the cost of gasoline.”

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