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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- AUGUST 1992

 CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- AUGUST 1992
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the 13


westernmost states rose 0.3 in August according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Higher grocery prices accounted for almost half of the August rise. All other categories of consumer spending contributed more moderately to the gain except transportation which turned down slightly in August. The All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 142.3 (1982-84 equals 100), up 3.2 percent for the year. This latest 12-month increase was the smallest since January 1992 when the all items index rose 2.8 percent on an annual basis. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Led by a 5.7 percent jump in the prices of fruits and vegetables, grocery prices advanced 1.5 percent in August. Over the year, fruits' and vegetables' prices posted a 4.2 percent gain while the total grocery bill increased 2.7 percent. Other items in the food at home category posted increases for the month except dairy products which fell 0.1 percent and sugar and sweets, down 0.4 percent. Prices paid for alcoholic beverages were down 0.3 percent in August but were 2.8 percent above year ago levels. The cost of eating out increased 0.2 percent in August, posting a 1.8 gain for the year. The overall food and beverages category advanced 0.8 percent in August and was 2.3 percent above August 1991.
 The housing index edged up 0.1 percent during the month as higher shelter costs for both renters and homeowners were partially offset by lower prices for housefurnishings and residential gas. Housefurnishings' prices fell 1.1 percent in August and, along with a 0.6 percent drop in the cost of housekeeping supplies, brought the household furnishings and operation index down 0.7 percent. A 3.2 percent drop in the price of residential gas was principally responsible for the 0.2 percent decline in the fuel and other utilities index for the month. Over the year, residential gas prices have fallen 6.3 percent, while overall fuel and utilities costs have increased 2.8 percent.
 Apparel prices moved up 0.4 percent during the month, largely on the strength of a 1.2 percent hike in the cost of women's and girls' clothing. With the exception of footwear, which advanced 2.5 percent, prices of all other apparel commodities averaged lower in August. For the year, prices declined for all types of clothing but were up 4.4 percent for footwear and 1.1 percent for the other category. Apparel services were unchanged for the month and up 2.6 percent for the year.
 The transportation index fell 0.2 percent in August as higher private transportation costs (up 0.2 percent) were more than offset by a 2.4 percent drop in public transportation fares. Over the year, public transportation costs, which include airline fares, were down 3.5 percent while private transportation costs rose 5.2 percent. Gasoline prices posted their first monthly decline since January of this year, falling 0.7 percent, but prices were up 14.8 percent from year-ago levels.
 Medical care rose 0.6 percent during the month and was 7.3 percent above the August 1991 level. Virtually all the advance in the medical care index was due to increases in the medical care services component, up 0.7 percent for the month. The miscellaneous other goods and services index advanced 0.3 percent in the month with personal and educational expenses (up 0.3 percent) responsible for almost all the increase. Entertainment costs rose 0.3 percent in August due to a 0.7 percent advance in the cost of entertainment services.
 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 West (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Aug. 1992
 from:
 July Aug. Aug. July
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 141.9 142.3 3.2 0.3
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 229.4 230.0 - -
 Food and beverages 138.7 139.8 2.3 0.8
 Food 137.2 138.6 2.4 1.0
 Food at home 136.6 138.6 2.7 1.5
 Cereals and bakery products 154.6 155.2 5.1 0.4
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 131.0 131.5 -0.9 0.4
 Dairy products 132.4 132.3 4.6 -0.1
 Fruits and vegetables 147.9 156.3 4.2 5.7
 Other food at home 128.8 129.9 3.5 0.9
 Sugar and sweets 140.8 140.3 5.6 -0.4
 Fats and oils 130.7 131.0 -0.1 0.2
 Nonalcoholic beverages 111.1 112.3 5.4 1.1
 Other prepared food 139.2 141.0 2.5 1.3
 Food away from home 138.7 139.0 1.8 0.2
 Alcoholic beverages 152.5 152.0 2.8 -0.3
 Housing 141.3 141.4 2.5 0.1
 Shelter 151.8 152.4 2.8 0.4
 Renters' costs 1A 164.2 165.0 1.9 0.5
 Rent, residential 149.6 150.2 2.2 0.4
 Other renters' costs 193.2 195.2 1.2 1.0
 Homeowners' costs 1A 159.4 159.9 3.3 0.3
 Owners' equivalent rent 1A 159.6 160.0 3.2 0.3
 Maintenance and repairs 123.4 122.9 2.3 -0.4
 Maintenance and repair services 121.0 121.5 - 0.4
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 130.9 128.6 -3.2 -1.8
 Fuel and other utilities 126.9 126.6 2.8 -0.2
 Fuels 122.5 121.4 0.0 -0.9
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 95.1 94.6 -1.5 -0.5
 Fuel oil 101.2 100.9 4.3 -0.3
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2A 109.8 109.1 -4.0 -0.6
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 125.6 124.4 0.0 -1.0
 Electricity 139.0 139.1 3.2 0.1
 Utility (piped) gas 110.7 107.2 -6.3 -3.2
 Other utilities and public
 services 138.9 139.5 5.7 0.4
 Household furnishings and operation 118.4 117.6 1.3 -0.7
 Housefurnishings 110.0 108.8 0.7 -1.1
 Housekeeping supplies 131.4 130.6 0.2 -0.6
 Housekeeping services 128.7 129.1 3.6 0.3
 Apparel and upkeep 123.6 124.0 0.0 0.3
 Apparel commodities 120.3 120.8 -0.2 0.4
 Men's and boys' apparel 121.1 120.6 -2.0 -0.4
 Women's and girls' apparel 112.8 114.1 -0.7 1.2
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 109.3 108.4 -4.7 -0.8
 Footwear 114.9 117.8 4.4 2.5
 Other apparel commodities 154.4 151.5 1.1 -1.9
 Apparel services 145.6 145.6 2.6 0.0
 Transportation 130.2 130.0 4.2 -0.2
 Private transportation 128.3 128.5 5.2 0.2
 New vehicles 128.5 128.4 2.1 -0.1
 New cars 127.8 127.6 1.8 -0.2
 Used cars 123.8 125.4 4.8 1.3
 Motor fuel 108.5 107.8 14.1 -0.6
 Gasoline 108.7 107.9 14.8 -0.7
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 107.3 106.5 14.9 -0.7
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 109.3 109.0 14.0 -0.3
 Maintenance and repairs 144.4 144.8 3.8 0.3
 Other private transportation 154.9 155.6 2.4 0.5
 Other private transportation
 commodities 102.7 103.4 -1.4 0.7
 Other private transportation
 services 166.5 167.2 3.2 0.4
 Public transportation 155.2 151.4 -3.5 -2.4
 Medical care 192.6 193.7 7.3 0.6
 Medical care commodities 191.1 191.3 7.6 0.1
 Medical care services 193.0 194.4 7.3 0.7
 Professional medical services 171.4 172.3 5.3 0.5
 Entertainment 143.0 143.5 0.6 0.3
 Entertainment commodities 133.9 133.8 0.5 -0.1
 Entertainment services 154.4 155.5 0.6 0.7
 Other goods and services 184.3 184.9 7.4 0.3
 Tobacco and smoking products 235.8 236.6 7.5 0.3
 Personal care 146.6 146.9 3.1 0.2
 Personal and educational expenses 198.1 198.7 8.7 0.3
 Special indexes
 Energy 113.7 112.8 7.1 -0.8
 All items less energy 145.5 146.0 3.0 0.3
 1A Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 2A Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 - Data not available.
 -0- 9/15/92
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayshi, 415-744-7166, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7132, both of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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