The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose for the eight consecutive day Wednesday, increasing four-tenths of a cent to $3.19, its highest amount since Oct 18.

The average price is 3.9 cents more than one week ago and 4.7 cents higher than a month ago, but 45.2 cents less than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price in Orange County rose seven-tenths of a cent to $3.175, its sixth increase in the last seven days. It is 4.3 cents more than one week ago and 6.4 cents higher than a month ago, but 38.3 cents less than one year ago.

“Wholesale prices have pushed upward a bit and frankly, there’s no specific reason for it other than increased futures trading activity,” Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California, told City News Service.

“It’s a small increase so far, but given the stay-at-home orders, it is unusual for prices to be rising and not falling.”

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