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BAY AREA PRICES FELL 0.1 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

 BAY AREA PRICES FELL 0.1 PERCENT IN OCTOBER
 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San


Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area dropped 0.1 percent in October, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said this was the first decrease in Bay Area prices since the 0.4 percent decline in April. He added that although six of the seven major expenditure categories rose in October, a 0.6 percent decline in the housing category resulted in the decrease in the overall index for the San Francisco area. So far this year, local prices have increased 3.3 percent, compared to 5.7 percent in the first ten months of 1990. Consumer price index data for local releases are not seasonally adjusted.
 The Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was 139.6 in October (1982-84-100), 3.7 percent above October 1990 levels. This was the smallest 12-month increase in the Bay Area CPI since the 3.6 percent increase for the year ending May 1990. For the 12 months ending October 1989 and October 1990, prices rose 4.3 percent and 5.6 percent respectively.
 The housing index fell 0.6 percent last month as the shelter component dropped 0.8 percent. Within shelter, renters' costs declined 1.0 percent. Excluding shelter, prices in the Bay Area increased 0.1 percent in October. When compared to October 1990, overall housing costs in the Bay Area have increased 4.0 percent.
 The local food and beverages index edged up 0.2 percent. Within the grocery component, prices for dairy products jumped 1.7 percent last month while the cost of fruits and vegetables rose 0.3 percent. Other grocery components declined as both the meats, poultry, fish and eggs and miscellaneous grocery items indexes edged down 0.1 percent and the cereal and bakery products index fell 0.3 percent.
 Transportation costs rose 0.3 percent despite a 1.5 percent decline in the local gasoline index. Public transportation costs, which include airline fares and other intercity transportation costs, decreased 2.0 percent last month. When compared to October 1990 levels, gasoline prices decreased 15.3 percent, and the overall transportation index fell 1.0 percent.
 A 2.0 percent jump in price tags for men's an boys' apparel led to a 0.7 percent advance in the overall apparel and upkeep category. The index for women's and girls' apparel fell 0.7 percent last month while footwear prices edged up 0.2 percent. When compared to year- ago levels, men's and boys' apparel prices were up 4.6 percent, women's and girls' apparel prices rose 0.4 percent, and the cost of footwear advanced 6.6 percent. The overall apparel and upkeep index rose 3.0 percent from October 1990 to October 1991.
 The medical care index rose a moderate 0.2 percent in October and was 8.5 percent above year-ago levels. The entertainment index advanced 0.5 percent last month and rose 7.7 percent in the past 12 months. The other goods and services category was up 10.9 percent since October 1990 after advancing 0.4 percent in October.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif.
 (1982-84-100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Oct. 1991
 from:
 Sept. Oct. Oct. Sept.
 1991 1991 1990 1991
 Expenditure category
 All items .......................... 139.7 139.6 3.7 -0.1
 Food and beverages ............... 139.8 140.1 2.6 .2
 Food ........................... 138.8 139.0 1.0 .1
 Food at home ................. 138.5 138.8 -.4 .2
 Food away from home .......... 140.2 140.3 3.0 .1
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 147.2 148.0 15.6 .5
 Housing .......................... 145.0 144.1 4.0 -.6
 Shelter ........................ 156.1 154.9 4.8 -.8
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 138.9 139.4 8.1 .4
 Household furnishings and
 operation ..................... 112.2 111.1 -4.9 -1.0
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 115.8 116.6 3.0 .7
 Transportation .................. 117.5 117.9 -1.0 0.3
 Private transportation ......... 115.7 116.6 -1.1 .8
 Motor fuel ................... 101.7 100.1 -15.3 -1.6
 Public transportation .......... 138.7 135.9 -.7 -2.0
 Medical care ..................... 177.9 178.2 8.5 .2
 Entertainment .................... 155.1 155.8 7.7 .5
 Other goods and services ......... 180.8 181.6 10.9 .4
 Personal care .................. 154.3 154.7 4.5 .3
 Special indexes
 All items less energy .............. 142.6 142.5 4.2 -.1
 Energy ............................. 120.5 119.7 -3.9 -.7
 -0- 11/14/91
 /Contact: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166; or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO JL -- SF003 -- 4339 11/14/91 10:31 EST
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