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BALTIMORE RETAIL PRICES UP 0.9 PERCENT SINCE JULY

 BALTIMORE RETAIL PRICES UP 0.9 PERCENT SINCE JULY
 BALTIMORE, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail prices in the Baltimore


area as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 0.9 percent for the two-month period ended September 1992, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
 Alan M. Paisner, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that a seasonal increase in the apparel and upkeep component paced the overall advance. The CPI-U for Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Annes was 2.7 percent higher than a year ago (see table.)
 The apparel and upkeep index rose 6.5 percent since July due to higher priced apparel commodities. Women's and girls' apparel prices rose 7.2 percent over the last two months, yet were 7.5 percent lower than 12 months ago. Prices for men's and boys apparel increased 10.6 percent -- the largest two-month increase since March 1990, but were down slightly over the year.
 Prices for other goods and services -- which includes tobacco and smoking products, personal care items, and personal and educational expenses -- increased 3.8 percent over the last 2 months, due chiefly to higher college tuition costs. The other goods and services index was up 9.2 percent over the year.
 Food and beverage prices increased 1.2 percent since July due mainly to higher grocery prices. Grocery prices, which are surveyed monthly by the Bureau, rose 1.9 percent in August followed by a slight rise of 0.1 percent in September.
 Moderating the rise in the overall index was a 0.1 percent decline in the housing index. Lower shelter costs -- down 0.7 percent -- paced the decline in the housing index, bringing the over-the-year increase to just 0.7 percent.
 The transportation index was unchanged since July. Public transportation prices declined for the third straight period while the private transportation index increased slightly over the last two months.
 The CPI-U for the Baltimore area stood at 141.9 on the 1982-84 equals 100 reference base, which means that a market basket of goods and services which averaged $100 in the 1982-84 period would have cost $141.90 in September.
 PERCENT CHANGES IN CPI-U, BALTIMORE AREA, NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
 Change for two Change for
 months ended 12 months
 Expenditure May July Sept. ended
 category 1992 1992 1992 Sept. 1992
 All items 0.6 0.8 0.9 2.7
 Food & beverages -0.4 -0.1 1.2 2.3
 Housing 0.5 2.2 -0.1 0.8
 Apparel & upkeep -1.5 -8.5 6.5 1.7
 Transportation 0.8 1.0 0.0 2.6
 Medical care -0.6 3.6 1.2 8.5
 Entertainment 0.5 0.6 0.1 3.1
 Other goods
 & services 4.7 0.2 3.8 9.2
 Special index:
 Energy 1.3 9.4 0.0 1.9
 -0- 10/15/92
 /CONTACT: Michelle Weihmann (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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