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BAY AREA PRICES WERE UNCHANGED IN JULY -- UP 2.7 PERCENT SINCE JULY 1992

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area remained unchanged in July, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.  He said that declines in housing, apparel and upkeep, transportation, and entertainment offset increases in the food and beverages, medical care, and other goods and services categories.  Bay Area prices had fallen 0.5 percent in June and increased 0.1 percent in May.  So far this year, prices in the San Francisco area have increased 1.2 percent, compared to 1.7 percent in the first seven months of 1992.  Local area prices are not seasonally adjusted.
    The 10-county Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) remained at 146.1 in July (1982-84 equals 100), 2.7 percent above July 1992 levels.  Local prices had increased 4.5 percent and 2.9 percent in the years ending July 1991 and July 1992 respectively.
    Housing costs fell 0.2 percent in July after a 0.4 percent decline in June.  The index for shelter decreased 0.2 percent, the cost of household furnishings and operation was unchanged, and the fuel and other utilities component edged up 0.1 percent last month.  Local housing costs increased 2.1 percent from July 1992 to July 1993.
    The local cost of apparel and upkeep dropped 0.8 percent in July and this index was down 4.4 percent since May.  Footwear prices rose 0.5 percent, but price tags fell last month for men's and boys' apparel (3.0 percent), and women's and girls' apparel (4.5 percent).  The apparel and upkeep index was up a slight 0.7 percent over-the-year.
    The cost of transportation edged down 0.1 percent last month as gasoline prices fell 1.1 percent and the index for public transportation, which includes airline fares, rose 1.7 percent.  The drop in gasoline prices was the sixth consecutive monthly decline, and the local gasoline index was down 4.2 percent over-the-year.  Overall transportation costs rose 1.3 percent from July 1992 to July 1993.
    Prices for food and beverages rose 0.2 percent in July as grocery prices (food at home) rose 0.3 percent, the cost of eating out (food away from home) edged up 0.1 percent, and prices for alcoholic beverages decreased 0.1 percent.  Within the grocery component, there were increases of 1.0 percent in both the meats, poultry, and fish and the dairy products indexes.  Prices for fruits and vegetables were unchanged and the index for miscellaneous grocery items fell 0.1 percent last month.  The local food and beverages index rose 2.5 percent over-the- year.
    The cost of medical care was up 6.8 percent over-the-year after advancing 1.0 percent in July.  The local index for entertainment fell 0.2 percent in July and was 5.2 percent above year-ago levels. The index for miscellaneous goods and services rose 0.5 percent last month and this category was up 7.3 percent over-the-year.
    Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes and percent
    changes for selected periods
    (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
    San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif. (1982-84 equals 100, unless
    otherwise noted)
                                                        Percent changes
                                                          to July 1993
                                               Indexes       from:
                                             June   July  July   June
                                             1993   1993  1992   1993
            Expenditure category
    All items                               146.1  146.1   2.7    0.0
    All items (1967 equals 100)             449.2  449.1   ---    ---
      Food and beverages                    145.5  145.8   2.5     .2
        Food                                145.1  145.5   3.3     .3
          Food at home                      146.1  146.6   3.9     .3
            Cereals and bakery products     160.3  161.4   3.2     .7
            Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs  140.4  141.1   6.3     .5
              Meats, poultry, and fish      136.2  137.5   4.9    1.0
            Dairy products                  134.6  136.0   1.8    1.0
            Fruits and vegetables           162.0  162.0   5.7     .0
            Other food at home              138.7  138.5   1.2    -.1
          Food away from home               144.7  144.9   2.5     .1
        Alcoholic beverages                 149.0  148.9  -3.2    -.1
      Housing                               149.4  149.1   2.1    -.2
        Shelter                             161.0  160.6   2.7    -.2
          Renters' costs (A)                182.0  181.5   2.1    -.3
            Rent, residential               164.2  164.0   3.3    -.1
            Other renters' costs            180.5  178.7  -2.1   -1.0
          Homeowners' costs (A)             174.4  174.0   3.0    -.2
            Owners' equivalent rent (A)     174.9  174.5   2.9    -.2
        Fuel and other utilities            144.0  144.1   1.4     .1
          Fuels                             152.9  152.6    .7    -.2
            Fuel oil and other household
                fuel commodities            140.0  140.0   8.6     .0
              Fuel oil                       94.9   94.8   -      -.1
              Other household fuel
                  commodities (B)           161.2  161.2  10.1     .0
            Gas (piped) and electricity     153.3  153.0    .5    -.2
              Electricity                   181.7  181.1   5.5    -.3
              Utility (piped) gas           121.4  121.4  -8.5     .0
        Household furnishings and operation 113.3  113.3   -.7     .0
      Apparel and upkeep                    117.1  116.2    .7    -.8
        Apparel commodities                 112.5  111.5    .7    -.9
          Men's and boys' apparel           115.9  112.4  -2.3   -3.0
          Women's and girls' apparel         93.6   89.4  -3.2   -4.5
          Footwear                          133.0  133.6  -1.3     .5
      Transportation                        123.1  123.0   1.3   -0.1
        Private transportation              120.3  119.7    .5    -.5
          Motor fuel                        107.8  106.7  -3.7   -1.0
            Gasoline                        107.2  106.0  -4.2   -1.1
              Gasoline, leaded regular       NA     NA     -      -
              Gasoline, unleaded regular    104.0  102.9  -4.6   -1.1
              Gasoline, unleaded premium    109.2  108.0  -3.0   -1.1
        Public transportation               151.3  153.8   5.6    1.7
      Medical care                          199.5  201.4   6.8    1.0
      Entertainment                         163.1  162.8   5.2    -.2
      Other goods and services              205.7  206.8   7.3     .5
        Personal care                       156.6  156.7   -.5     .1
               Special indexes
    All items less energy                   149.2  149.2   3.0     .0
    Energy                                  124.9  124.2  -1.4    -.6
    (A) -- Indexes on a December 1982 100 base.
    (B) -- Indexes on a December 1986 100 base.
    NA -- Data not adequate for publication.
    --- Data not available.
    -0-             08/13/93
    CONTACT:  Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics CO:  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS IN:  HOU SU:  ECO ST:  CA


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