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A streak of 16 consecutive increases that pushed the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County to records each of the past three days ended Thursday with a decrease of three-tenths of a cent to $6.37.

The average price rose $1.064 during the streak, including 1.4 cents Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. It is 26.2 cents more than one week ago, $1.198 higher than one month ago and $2.031 greater than one year ago.

The national average price rose for the 15th time in 16 days, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.867. The average price has increased 19.3 cents over the past 16 days, including 2.6 cents Wednesday. It rose for 11 consecutive days, dropped four-tenths of a cent Sunday and resumed increasing Monday.

The national average price is 8.5 cents more than one week ago, 8.8 cents higher than one month ago and 64.6 cents greater than one year ago.

The national average price is $1.149 less than the record $5.016 set June 14.

The run of increases follows a 98-day streak of decreases totaling $1.342 that began the day after the record was set.

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