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BALTIMORE AREA GROCERY PRICES UP 1.9 PERCENT IN AUGUST ENERGY PRICES WERE UNCHANGED ON BALANCE

 BALTIMORE AREA GROCERY PRICES UP 1.9 PERCENT IN AUGUST
 ENERGY PRICES WERE UNCHANGED ON BALANCE
 BALTIMORE, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Grocery prices in the Baltimore area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 1.9 percent in August, following declines in May and June, and no change in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
 Alan M. Paisner, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that this was the first time in 5 years that the grocery index increased in August. Grocery prices generally show a monthly decline in August -- this year's increase was the largest of only four August increases since a 3.0 percent increase in 1980. The food at home index for Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Annes increased 2.2 percent over the year, the largest 12-month increase since August 1991. (See table.)
 Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs led the over-the-month increase in grocery prices with a 2.3 percent rise. Each of the other food categories had increases greater than 1 percent over the month. With the exception of fruits and vegetables, which had a 3.6 percent decline from last August, all other grocery categories were up over the year -- led by dairy products with an 8.3 percent 12-month increase.
 The Baltimore food at home index stood at 140.4 on the 1982-84 base, which means that grocery shoppers in the Baltimore area would have had to spend $14.04 last month for a market basket of food items that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.
 The energy index remained steady over the month, but was up 2.9 percent from last August. A monthly increase of 1.4 percent in natural gas was offset by declines in fuel oil and motor fuel of 1.5 and 0.1 percent, respectively. The decline in motor fuel followed 3 months of substantial advances. Prices at the pump were up 5.2 percent over the year. Natural gas showed a 12-month increase of 10.0 percent, while fuel oil was up 4.4 percent from August of last year.
 CPI-U, BALTIMORE AREA, AUG. 1992, NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
 (1982-84 EQUALS 100)
 Index Percent
 GROUP Aug change to Aug
 1992 1992 from
 July Aug
 1992 1991
 Food at home....................... 140.4 1.9 2.2
 Cereals and bakery products...... 165.3 2.5 4.8
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs... 130.7 2.3 1.1
 Meats, poultry and fish......... 134.0 2.3 2.4
 Dairy products................... 143.0 1.3 8.3
 Fruits and vegetables............ 151.8 1.2 -3.6
 Other foods at home.............. 132.6 1.8 3.1
 Energy............................. 109.2 0.0 2.9
 Fuels.............................. 113.7 0.2 1.2
 Fuel oil......................... 85.1 -1.5 4.4
 Gas (piped) and electricity...... 132.7 0.3 0.8
 Electricity..................... 151.3 0.0 -1.4
 Utility (piped) gas............. 92.0 1.4 10.0
 Motor fuel......................... 105.3 -0.1 5.2
 Gasoline......................... 104.2 -0.2 5.3
 Gasoline, unleaded regular...... 102.1 -0.4 4.9
 Gasoline, unleaded premium...... 106.3 0.2 5.7
 -0- 9/15/92
 /CONTACT: Michelle Weihmann, 215-596-1154, or Maureen Greene, 215-596-1157, both of the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: Maryland IN: SU: ECO


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