RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire rose three-tenths of a cent today to $4.344 after declining each of the past three days.

The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is three-tenths of a cent more than a week ago, 14.1 cents higher than one month ago and 22.4 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price fell 3.3 cents over the previous three days, including 1.3 cents Sunday, following a nearly 30 cents per gallon decrease in the wholesale price of California-blend gasoline on the New York Mercantile Exchange early last week.

Analysts cited the completion of maintenance at refineries in Southern California and Northern California as the reason for the lower wholesale prices. The recent rising prices at the pump were blamed on record low inventories.