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ANCHORAGE CONSUMER PRICES ROSE 1.4 PERCENT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1992

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid by consumers in the Anchorage metropolitan area rose 1.4 percent during the second half of 1992 according to Sam Hirabayashi, Regional Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Higher housing costs accounted for more than half of the increase with advances in all other major expenditure categories (except apparel) contributing the rest.
 The All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in Anchorage reached 129.1 (1982-84 equals 100) in the latter six months of 1992, up 3.5 percent from the same period in 1991. This latest over- the-year increase was in line with the change, based on semiannual averages, for the West Region (thirteen westernmost states), up 3.4 percent for the same period. The Consumer Price Index data for the area are not seasonally adjusted.
 A 3.5 percent rise in homeowners' costs was largely responsible for the 2.0 percent increase in the housing index during the July to December period of 1992. Renters' costs posted a more modest gain, rising 1.7 percent. Household fuels and other utilities advanced 1.8 percent and household furnishings and operation charges increased 0.6 percent in this latest six month period. Over the year, the shelter component rose 5.7 percent while the overall housing group gained 4.2 percent.
 The cost of food and beverages rose 0.6 percent in the second half of 1992 and was 2.8 percent above the level reported for the same period in 1991. Grocery prices were up 0.4 percent during the second six months of the year with a 1.6 percent drop in the price of fruits and vegetables partially offsetting gains reported in other categories of grocery spending. The cost of meals and snacks away from home increased 0.5 percent in the second six months of last year, while prices of alcoholic beverages fell 0.6 percent.
 Apparel and upkeep costs dropped 1.3 percent in the second half of 1992 but were up 0.4 percent for the year. During the last six months of the year, prices of women's and girls' clothing fell 3.6 percent, while footwear averaged up 0.7 percent and men's and boys' apparel was unchanged.
 The overall transportation index rose 0.9 percent in the second half of last year as private transportation costs advanced 4.4 percent and public transportation fares plummeted 17.2 percent. The increase in private transportation costs was led by a 10.5 percent rise in motor fuel prices, as prices at the gasoline pump moved upward. Over the year, private transportation costs were up 5.8 percent, and the public transportation index was lower by 11.4 percent.
 The cost of medical care increased 1.7 percent during the second half of 1992 and was 4.4 percent higher than a the second half of 1991. Entertainment costs rose 1.3 percent in the last semiannual period of the year and advanced 1.7 percent over the same period last year. The other goods and services index increased 3.1 percent in the latter six months of 1992 and posted a 5.1 percent gain over-the-year.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes for annual and semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 Anchorage, Alaska (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent change
 Semiannual to 2nd half
 average index 1992 from-
 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
 half half half half
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 127.3 129.1 3.5 1.4
 All items (October 1967 equals 100) 339.9 344.4 -- --
 Food and beverages 129.9 130.7 2.8 .6
 Food 128.1 129.2 2.5 .9
 Food at home 133.9 134.4 3.3 .4
 Cereals and bakery products 137.4 137.4 2.8 .0
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 129.7 131.1 1.4 1.1
 Meats, poultry, and fish 128.6 129.6 1.3 .8
 Dairy products 127.6 129.2 3.1 1.3
 Fruits and vegetables 160.1 157.5 5.5 -1.6
 Other food at home 123.0 124.0 3.9 .8
 Food away from home 120.1 120.7 1.2 .5
 Alcoholic beverages 139.8 138.9 4.1 -.6
 Housing 115.5 117.8 4.2 2.0
 Shelter 111.4 114.1 5.7 2.4
 Renters' costs (A) 133.2 135.4 5.6 1.7
 Rent, residential 103.5 107.2 6.2 3.6
 Other renters' costs 241.4 237.1 4.3 -1.8
 Homeowners' costs (A) 111.8 115.7 6.4 3.5
 Owners' equivalent rent (A) 111.6 115.6 6.5 3.6
 Fuel and other utilities 136.4 138.8 2.2 1.8
 Fuels 138.8 140.1 -.6 .9
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities NA NA -- --
 Fuel oil NA NA -- --
 Other household fuel
 commodities (B) 106.3 106.8 3.2 .5
 Gas (piped) and electricity 155.5 157.1 -.8 1.0
 Electricity 148.1 150.3 3.2 1.5
 Utility (piped) gas 165.8 166.0 -7.9 .1
 Household furnishings and operation 116.8 117.5 -.2 .6
 Apparel and upkeep 131.1 129.4 .4 -1.3
 Apparel commodities 131.4 129.3 .2 -1.6
 Men's and boys' apparel 138.1 138.1 .7 .0
 Women's and girls' apparel 147.2 141.9 -3.7 -3.6
 Footwear 94.2 94.9 -2.4 .7
 Transportation 122.7 123.8 3.2 0.9
 Private transportation 118.3 123.5 5.8 4.4
 Motor fuel 92.4 102.1 14.7 10.5
 Gasoline 92.3 102.4 15.2 10.9
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 89.4 100.1 17.1 12.0
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 96.2 104.3 10.8 8.4
 Public transportation 150.9 125.0 -11.4 -17.2
 Medical care 181.5 184.6 4.4 1.7
 Entertainment 150.0 152.0 1.7 1.3
 Other goods and services 172.5 177.9 5.1 3.1
 Personal care 131.1 133.5 .5 1.8
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 128.9 130.4 3.3 1.2
 Energy 109.7 115.7 6.3 5.5
 (A) Indexes on a November 1982 equals 100 base.
 (B) Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 2/18/93
 /CONTACT: Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7132, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the Department of Labor/


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