RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire rose today for the ninth consecutive day,increasing three-tenths of a cent to $2.64.
   The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has risen 5.4
cents over the past nine days, including three-tenths of a cent on Wednesday,
according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
   The increases follow a 35-day streak of decreases totaling 30.1 cents,
which dropped the average price to its lowest amount since March 11.
   The average price is 3.8 cents more than one week ago but 16.1 cents
less than one month ago and 96 cents lower than one year ago.