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BALTIMORE AREA RETAIL PRICES UP 0.6 PERCENT SINCE MARCH

 BALTIMORE AREA RETAIL PRICES UP 0.6 PERCENT SINCE MARCH
 BALTIMORE, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail prices in the Baltimore


area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 0.6 percent for the 2-month period ended May 1992, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
 Alan M. Paisner, the bureau's regional commissioner, noted that higher prices for housing, transportation, and other goods and services paced the overall advance. The CPI-U for Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Annes stood 3.0 percent higher in May of this year than 12 months ago. (See table A.)
 Other goods and services recorded the largest 2-month increase in close to 5 years (up 4.7 percent), and was 10.0 percent higher over the year. The increase since March was mainly due to a jump in tobacco and smoking product prices.
 The housing index rose 0.5 percent over the last 2 months, due chiefly to more expensive household furnishings and operation. Higher renter's costs, also put upward pressure on the index.
 Paced by more expensive gasoline, the transportation index rose 0.8 percent since March. As a result of the sharply lower airline fares, public transportation prices recorded the largest 2-month decline ever (7.7 percent).
 The CPI-U for the Baltimore area stood at 139.5 on the 1982-84 equals 100 reference base, which means that a market basket of goods and services which averaged $100.00 in the 1982-84 period would have cost $139.50 in May . The local Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose 0.7 percent since March to 138.9, up 3.3 percent over the year. Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Baltimore area, not seasonally adjusted
 Change for 2 Change for
 months ended 12 months
 Expenditure Jan. Mar. May ended
 category 1992 1992 1992 May 1992
 All items 0.1 0.5 0.6 3.0
 Food &
 beverages 1.3 0.6 -0.4 1.0
 Housing 0.0 -0.2 0.5 2.2
 Apparel &
 upkeep -2.9 9.6 -1.5 4.4
 Transportation -0.2 -0.3 0.8 2.7
 Medical care 2.1 -0.7 -0.6 4.7
 Entertainment 0.1 0.6 0.5 4.8
 Other goods
 & services 0.2 0.1 4.7 10.0
 Special index:
 Energy -0.7 -2.6 1.3 1.6
 -0- 6/12/92
 /CONTACT: Michelle Weihmann (information), 215-596-1154, or Maureen Greene (media), 215-596-1157, 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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