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BAY AREA PRICES ROSE 0.1 PERCENT IN MARCH

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased 0.1 percent in March, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said that three of the seven major expenditure categories rose last month, three declined, and one, the food and beverages category, remained unchanged. Bay Area prices had advanced 0.6 percent in January and 0.3 percent in February. Local area prices are not seasonally adjusted.
 The 10-county Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) reached 145.7 in March (1982-84=100), 2.7 percent over March 1992 levels. Local prices had advanced 4.8 percent and 4.1 percent in the years ending March 1991 and March 1992 respectively.
 The local food and beverages category was unchanged in March for the second consecutive month. When compared to March 1992 levels, prices for food and beverages rose a moderate 2.4 percent. Last month, grocery prices (food at home) rose a slight 0.1 percent despite a 1.1 percent increase in the index for cereals and bakery products. The cost of eating out (food away from home) was unchanged in March and this component was up 2.1 percent when compared to March 1992. The local cost of alcoholic beverages fell 0.2 percent last month and was up 1.0 percent over-the-year.
 Apparel and upkeep costs, which are subject to seasonal changes, jumped 4.0 percent in March as price tags for women's and girls' apparel rose 7.9 percent, men's and boys' apparel prices increased 5.7 percent, and the cost of footwear fell 0.6 percent. Local prices for women's and girls apparel have increased 12.6 percent in the last two months, but these prices were still down 0.5 percent when compared to March 1992 levels. When compared to a year ago, the index for men's and boys' apparel rose 2.2 percent, footwear costs fell 0.4 percent, and the overall apparel and upkeep category rose a slight 0.2 percent.
 Housing costs edged up 0.1 percent last month as the cost of shelter fell 0.2 percent, the index for fuels and other utilities rose 0.6 percent, and the cost of household furnishings and operation advanced 1.4 percent. The overall housing category rose a moderate 0.8 percent from March 1992 to March 1993.
 The Bay Area cost of transportation declined 0.6 percent in March as gasoline prices decreased 0.5 percent and the index for public transportation, which includes airline fares, dropped 3.6 percent. When compared to a year ago, the index for public transportation rose 7.1 percent, gasoline prices were up 13.4 percent, and overall transportation costs were up 5.8 percent.
 The cost of medical care declined 0.1 percent in March but this index was still 6.3 percent above March 1992 levels. The local entertainment index rose 0.2 percent last month and was up 3.4 percent over-the-year. The other goods and services category fell 0.1 percent despite a 1.6 percent advance in the cost of personal care.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Mar. 1993
 from:
 Feb. Mar. Mar. Feb.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 145.5 145.7 2.7 0.1
 All items (1967=100) 447.4 448.0 - -
 Food and beverages 146.6 146.6 2.4 .0
 Food 146.0 146.1 2.7 .1
 Food at home 148.4 148.5 3.1 .1
 Cereals and bakery products 159.8 161.5 6.5 1.1
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 139.3 139.4 3.7 .1
 Meats, poultry, and fish 135.6 135.5 2.0 -.1
 Dairy products 134.6 134.4 4.3 -.1
 Fruits and vegetables 175.2 174.7 -.9 -.3
 Other food at home 139.2 139.2 3.6 .0
 Food away from home 143.8 143.8 2.1 .0
 Alcoholic beverages 150.9 150.6 1.0 -.2
 Housing 147.6 147.8 .8 .1
 Shelter 159.7 159.4 .8 -.2
 Renters' costs 1/ 180.7 180.3 -.3 -.2
 Rent, residential 162.1 162.6 2.1 .3
 Other renters' costs 182.5 179.1 -8.0 -1.9
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 172.9 172.6 1.4 -.2
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 173.4 173.1 1.3 -.2
 Fuel and other utilities 139.4 140.3 2.0 .6
 Fuels 145.2 145.3 .5 .1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 141.9 147.7 15.3 4.1
 Fuel oil 97.7 99.6 - 1.9
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 163.2 170.1 16.9 4.2
 Gas (piped) and electricity 145.4 145.4 .2 .0
 Electricity 180.6 180.6 4.6 .0
 Utility (piped) gas 103.6 103.6 -9.0 .0
 Household furnishings and operation 111.7 113.3 -.5 1.4
 Apparel and upkeep 117.2 121.9 .2 4.0
 Apparel commodities 112.7 117.8 .3 4.5
 Men's and boys' apparel 116.7 123.3 2.2 5.7
 Women's and girls' apparel 95.3 102.8 -.5 7.9
 Footwear 136.9 136.1 -.4 -.6
 Transportation 124.3 123.5 5.8 -0.6
 Private transportation 121.1 120.9 5.5 -.2
 Motor fuel 111.6 111.1 13.4 -.4
 Gasoline 111.5 110.9 13.4 -.5
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 108.6 108.0 13.3 -.6
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 112.5 111.9 13.5 -.5
 Public transportation 155.2 149.6 7.1 -3.6
 Medical care 194.9 194.7 6.3 -.1
 Entertainment 160.9 161.3 3.4 .2
 Other goods and services 207.3 207.1 8.2 -.1
 Personal care 154.4 156.8 .3 1.6
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 148.7 148.9 2.4 .1
 Energy 123.7 123.5 6.6 -.2
 1/ Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
 2/ Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 - Data not available.
 -0- 4/9/93
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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