The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire was unchanged Tuesday for the second time in three days following a nine-day streak of increases, remaining at $4.069.

The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is 1.9 cents more than one week ago and 30.1 cents higher than one year ago, but two cents less than one month ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

   The average price was unchanged on Sunday and dropped four-tenths of a cent on Monday.

   ``Prices may have risen in the last week in anticipation that the wholesale price would skyrocket as it has been doing in other markets throughout the nation,'' Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service. ``When that didn't pan out, local prices have settled down a bit.''