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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- AUGUST 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- After holding steady for two consecutive months, the Consumer Price Index for the 13 westernmost states edged up 0.1 percent in August according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sam Hirabayashi, the bureau's regional commissioner, said that declining prices for food and beverages and gasoline helped offset price increases in other categories of consumer spending. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 146.2 (1982-84 equals 100) in August, posting a 2.7 percent gain for the year. This is the smallest 12-month increase for the West region since February 1987 when the index advanced 2.6 percent. So far this year, prices have increased 1.6 percent as compared with 2.4 percent for the same period last year. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Prices paid for food and beverages declined 0.1 percent in August but posted a 1.8 percent gain for the year. Grocery prices also fell 0.1 percent during the month as lower prices for fruits and vegetables (down 0.8 percent) and nonalcoholic beverages (down 1.6 percent) were partially offset by moderate increases in other grocery items. Over the year the fruits and vegetables sub-index decreased 1.5 percent, while the overall food at home category moved up 1.9 percent. The cost of food consumed away from home was unchanged in August, while alcoholic beverages prices fell 0.3 percent.
 Housing costs edged up 0.1 percent in August, up 2.7 percent from its year-ago level. Shelter costs increased 0.3 percent for the month as renters' and homeowners' costs both contributed about equally to the advance. The fuel and other utilities index rose 0.2 percent in August, primarily due to a 0.6 percent increase in the other utilities and public services sub-index. The cost of household furnishings and operation slipped 0.1 percent last month and was up 1.3 percent for the year.
 Higher prices for women's and girls' clothing were the principal factor behind the 0.9 percent rise in the apparel and upkeep index for August. Price tags on women's and girls' apparel were up 2.7 percent over the month, infants' and toddlers' clothing jumped 4.0 percent, and footwear advanced 0.9 percent. On the down side, prices of men's and boys' clothing and other apparel commodities fell 0.9 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively. For the year, the overall apparel and upkeep index was down 1.0 percent.
 Transportation costs edged down 0.1 percent as gasoline prices fell 1.2 percent in August. Private transportation costs dropped 0.2 percent over the month, as the effect of declining gasoline prices was partially offset by higher prices for new vehicles (except new cars), used cars and maintenance and repairs. Total transportation costs were up 2.5 percent for the year, while private transportation costs increased 0.8 percent over the same period. Public transportation fares rose 0.3 percent in August and posted a steep 16.6 percent gain for the year.
 The medical care index rose 0.3 percent in August and advanced 6.2 percent for the year. Entertainment costs increased 0.3 percent during the month and were 1.7 percent above year-ago levels. The miscellaneous other goods and services index was unchanged in August as a 3.6 percent drop in the cost of tobacco and smoking products was offset by increases in the personal care and personal and educational expenses sub-indexes.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 West (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Aug. 1993
 from:
 July Aug. Aug. July
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 146.0 146.2 2.7 0.1
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 236.0 236.3 -- --
 Food and beverages 142.5 142.3 1.8 -.1
 Food 141.3 141.2 1.9 -.1
 Food at home 141.5 141.3 1.9 -.1
 Cereals and bakery products 159.1 159.7 2.9 .4
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 137.5 137.9 4.9 .3
 Dairy products 135.9 136.1 2.9 .1
 Fruits and vegetables 155.2 154.0 -1.5 -.8
 Other food at home 131.1 130.5 .5 -.5
 Sugar and sweets 136.7 137.5 -2.0 .6
 Fats and oils 130.6 130.6 -.3 .0
 Nonalcoholic beverages 111.9 110.1 -2.0 -1.6
 Other prepared food 145.7 145.4 3.1 -.2
 Food away from home 141.5 141.5 1.8 .0
 Alcoholic beverages 153.7 153.3 .9 -.3
 Housing 145.0 145.2 2.7 .1
 Shelter 156.5 156.9 3.0 .3
 Renters' costs A/ 167.9 168.5 2.1 .4
 Rent, residential 153.3 153.5 2.2 .1
 Other renters' costs 196.1 198.6 1.7 1.3
 Homeowners' costs A/ 165.0 165.3 3.4 .2
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 165.2 165.4 3.4 .1
 Maintenance and repairs 127.5 127.3 3.6 -.2
 Maintenance and repair services 128.2 128.2 5.5 .0
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 129.4 128.8 .2 -.5
 Fuel and other utilities 129.9 130.1 2.8 .2
 Fuels 125.1 124.8 2.8 -.2
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 97.2 96.9 2.4 -.3
 Fuel oil 103.2 101.7 .8 -1.5
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 112.2 112.5 3.1 .3
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 128.2 127.9 2.8 -.2
 Electricity 142.2 141.9 2.0 -.2
 Utility (piped) gas 112.4 112.0 4.5 -.4
 Other utilities and public
 services 142.6 143.4 2.8 .6
 Household furnishings and operation 119.2 119.1 1.3 -.1
 Housefurnishings 110.3 109.7 .8 -.5
 Housekeeping supplies 127.9 129.1 -1.1 .9
 Housekeeping services 133.8 134.1 3.9 .2
 Apparel and upkeep 121.6 122.7 -1.0 0.9
 Apparel commodities 118.0 119.1 -1.4 .9
 Men's and boys' apparel 117.2 116.1 -3.7 -.9
 Women's and girls' apparel 109.4 112.4 -1.5 2.7
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 108.5 112.8 4.1 4.0
 Footwear 113.8 114.8 -2.5 .9
 Other apparel commodities 157.4 155.8 2.8 -1.0
 Apparel services 147.2 147.7 1.4 .3
 Transportation 133.3 133.2 2.5 -.1
 Private transportation 129.7 129.5 .8 -.2
 New vehicles 131.9 132.1 2.9 .2
 New cars 130.7 130.5 2.3 -.2
 Used cars 134.8 136.0 8.5 .9
 Motor fuel 103.4 102.2 -5.2 -1.2
 Gasoline 103.1 101.9 -5.6 -1.2
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 100.9 99.4 -6.7 -1.5
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 105.3 104.4 -4.2 -.9
 Maintenance and repairs 151.0 151.2 4.4 .1
 Other private transportation 155.8 155.9 .2 .1
 Other private transportation
 commodities 102.0 102.1 -1.3 .1
 Other private transportation
 services 168.0 168.0 .5 .0
 Public transportation 176.0 176.5 16.6 .3
 Medical care 205.0 205.7 6.2 .3
 Medical care commodities 198.3 198.6 3.8 .2
 Medical care services 206.6 207.4 6.7 .4
 Professional medical services 182.3 182.7 6.0 .2
 Entertainment 145.6 146.0 1.7 .3
 Entertainment commodities 133.1 133.0 -.6 -.1
 Entertainment services 160.2 161.2 3.7 .6
 Other goods and services 197.2 197.2 6.7 .0
 Tobacco and smoking products 256.3 247.0 4.4 -3.6
 Personal care 148.3 148.6 1.2 .2
 Personal and educational expenses 214.1 216.8 9.1 1.3
 Special indexes
 Energy 111.9 111.1 -1.5 -.7
 All items less energy 150.2 150.4 3.0 .1
 A/ Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 B/ Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 9/14/93
 /CONTACT: Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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