A run of seven increases in eight days that boosted the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County to its highest amount since Oct. 24, 2012, ended Sunday with a decrease of one-tenth of a cent to $4.352.

The average price increased 3.4 cents over the previous eight days, including three-tenths of a cent on both Friday and Saturday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 2.7 cents more than one week ago, 3.6 cents higher than one month ago and $1.20 greater than one year ago.

The recent increases to the pump price are the result of high crude oil prices. The price of a barrel of West Texas intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose to its highest amount since 2014 on Friday, closing at $79.35.

Crude oil costs account for slightly more than half of the pump price, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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