The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles area fell slightly following two weeks of increases, slipping 2 cents to $2.550 for the week ended Feb. 13. The week before, prices rose 3.4 cents to $2.570.

L.A. prices are 41.2 cents higher than they were a year ago, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. Los Angeles had the highest price per gallon of the cities surveyed for the second week. San Francisco was in second place, falling 3.5 cents to $2.509.

Statewide, prices lost 2.2 cents to $2.522 from $2.544 one week earlier, leaving them 43.1 cents higher than year-ago rates. California out-priced New York for the first time in nine weeks to become the most expensive state out of those surveyed. New York fell 4.5 cents to $2.515.

Ohio had the lowest-priced gas of the states surveyed, at $2.117 per gallon, and the city with the cheapest gas was Denver, which fell 2 cents to $2.190 per gallon.

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