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BALTIMORE AREA GROCERY PRICES DOWN 0.5 PERCENT IN JUNE; ENERGY INDEX UP DUE TO INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY PRICES

 BALTIMORE AREA GROCERY PRICES DOWN 0.5 PERCENT IN JUNE;
 ENERGY INDEX UP DUE TO INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY PRICES
 BALTIMORE, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Grocery prices in the Baltimore area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), fell 0.5 percent in June, following a 1.4 percent decline the previous month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
 Alan M. Paisner, the bureau's regional commissioner, noted that the recent drop was due to lower prices in four of the five grocery categories. Since February 1991, the food at home index for Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Queen Annes fell 0.4 percent, as two categories -- meats, poultry, fish, and eggs and fruits and vegetables -- continued their decline from last year's price levels. (See table.)
 The other food at home index, which includes sugars and sweets, fats and oils, nonalcoholic beverages, and other prepared foods, fell 1.7 percent in June, and accounted for more than four-fifths of the drop in grocery prices. Prices at the butcher counter fell 0.8 percent in June, bringing that index 1.2 percent lower than a year ago. Fruits and vegetables was the only grocery category to display a price increase over the month, up 1.9 percent, but even that increase was not enough to bring the produce category up to last June's level.
 Grocery shoppers in the Baltimore area would have had to spend $13.78 last month for a market basket of food items that cost $10 in 1982-84.
 Energy prices rose 9.2 percent in June. Energy prices typically post their largest one-month increase in June as seasonal increases in electricity and motor fuel prices take effect. Despite the 23.7 percent increase in June, electricity prices were still 0.6 percent lower than 12 months earlier. Higher priced gasoline and natural gas helped push the energy index up in June. The energy index stood 1.5 percent higher over the year.
 CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR ALL URBAN CONSUMERS:
 BALTIMORE AREA, JUNE 1992 (1982-84 EQUALS 100)
 Index Percent
 GROUP June change to June
 1992 1992 from
 May June
 1992 1991
 Food at home 137.8 -0.5 -0.4
 Cereals and bakery products 162.4 -0.5 0.2
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 128.4 -0.8 -1.2
 Meats, poultry and fish 132.0 -0.5 0.5
 Dairy products 136.9 -0.3 4.8
 Fruits and vegetables 151.1 1.9 -7.4
 Other foods at home 130.2 -1.7 2.9
 Energy 109.0 9.2 1.5
 Fuels 113.9 15.3 -0.1
 Fuel oil 86.4 -0.2 2.0
 Gas (piped) and electricity 132.8 18.3 -0.2
 Electricity 152.6 23.7 -0.6
 Utility (piped) gas 89.5 1.6 1.6
 Motor fuel 104.7 2.8 3.6
 Gasoline 103.6 2.9 3.2
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 101.6 3.1 2.7
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 105.5 2.5 3.9
 -0- 7/14/92
 /CONTACT: Kevin Babyak (information), 215-596-1154, or Maureen Greene (media), 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: HOU SU: ECO


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