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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- DECEMBER 1992

 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the 13 westernmost states were unchanged in December according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Modest increases in four of the major expenditure categories were offset by a drop in apparel prices, while housing and transportation posted no change for the month. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West remained at 143.9 (1982-84 equals 100), up 3.5 percent for the year. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Food and beverages prices rose 0.4 percent in December, closing the year with a 1.9 percent gain. Grocery prices advanced 0.6 percent over the month as most food at home categories registered small increases. Cereals and bakery products and sugar and sweets were the only items that posted declines, falling 0.5 percent and 2.9 percent respectively. Fruits and vegetables prices rose 1.3 percent in December, and meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased 0.8 percent for the same period. Over the year, however, these subgroups posted much smaller gains of 0.9 percent and 0.4 percent respectively. The cost of eating out averaged 0.4 percent higher than last month while prices of alcoholic beverages edged up 0.1 percent.
 Housing costs were unchanged this past month as a drop in household furnishings and operation offset slightly higher prices paid for fuel and other utilities. The shelter index was stable over the month with a 0.2 percent drop in renters' costs offsetting a similar increase in homeowners' costs. Over the year housing costs were up 3.0 percent and shelter costs increased 3.1 percent.
 Price tags on all types of apparel commodities (except footwear) were lower in December as retailers began their "after Christmas" sales early. A 4.5 percent drop in the prices of women's and girls' clothing was largely responsible for the decline in the apparel commodities. Apparel commodities fell 2.7 percent and apparel services edged up 0.1 percent leaving the overall apparel and upkeep index down 2.3 percent for the month. For the year, apparel commodities fell 0.2 percent while apparel services rose 2.7 percent resulting in a 0.1 percent gain in the apparel and upkeep category.
 Declines in private transportation costs offset a 2.5 percent increase in public transportation fares leaving the overall transportation index unchanged in December. All subgroups within the private transportation category were priced lower during the month except new vehicles (up 0.5 percent) and maintenance and repair (up 0.3 percent). Gasoline prices dropped 1.5 percent in December but were 13.2 percent above year-ago levels. The transportation index advanced 5.0 percent over the year with private transportation up 5.2 percent and public transportation up 3.7 percent.
 Medical care costs increased 0.3 percent during the month and were 7.0 percent above the year-ago level. Prices paid for entertainment goods and services rose 0.2 percent in December and were 2.3 percent higher than a year ago. The miscellaneous other goods and services index advanced 0.4 percent over the month largely due to a 0.5 percent rise in personal and educational expenses. For the year, the other goods and services index increased 7.7 percent while personal and educational expenses gained 9.0 percent over the year.
 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 Dec. 1992
 from:
 Nov. Dec. Dec. Nov.
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 143.9 143.9 3.5 0.0
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 232.6 232.6 -- --
 Food and beverages 140.3 140.9 1.9 .4
 Food 139.1 139.7 1.7 .4
 Food at home 138.9 139.7 1.5 .6
 Cereals and bakery products 154.8 154.0 2.9 -.5
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 132.4 133.4 .4 .8
 Dairy products 131.9 132.3 3.0 .3
 Fruits and vegetables 160.0 162.1 .9 1.3
 Other food at home 128.2 128.8 1.8 .5
 Sugar and sweets 140.7 136.6 -.7 -2.9
 Fats and oils 127.2 127.9 -1.2 .6
 Nonalcoholic beverages 109.9 110.5 2.1 .5
 Other prepared food 139.8 142.0 3.3 1.6
 Food away from home 139.7 140.2 2.0 .4
 Alcoholic beverages 151.9 152.0 2.7 .1
 Housing 142.6 142.6 3.0 .0
 Shelter 154.2 154.2 3.1 .0
 Renters' costs A/ 165.1 164.7 2.4 -.2
 Rent, residential 152.2 152.1 2.4 -.1
 Other renters' costs 186.9 184.9 2.2 -1.1
 Homeowners' costs A/ 162.6 162.9 3.5 .2
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 162.8 163.0 3.4 .1
 Maintenance and repairs 125.1 125.7 3.0 .5
 Maintenance and repair services 124.7 125.4 - .6
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 129.1 129.2 -7.1 .1
 Fuel and other utilities 125.6 125.7 2.4 .1
 Fuels 119.4 119.8 .6 .3
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 97.2 98.1 -1.1 .9
 Fuel oil 104.3 102.9 -.4 -1.3
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 111.7 113.9 -1.6 2.0
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 122.2 122.6 .7 .3
 Electricity 139.9 140.3 2.3 .3
 Utility (piped) gas 99.6 100.0 -3.1 .4
 Other utilities and public
 services 139.8 139.4 4.2 -.3
 Household furnishings and operation 117.9 117.8 3.2 -.1
 Housefurnishings 108.6 108.4 4.0 -.2
 Housekeeping supplies 131.5 130.8 -.8 -.5
 Housekeeping services 130.6 130.7 3.7 .1
 Apparel and upkeep 126.5 123.6 0.1 -2.3
 Apparel commodities 123.5 120.2 -.2 -2.7
 Men's and boys' apparel 125.2 124.2 1.4 -.8
 Women's and girls' apparel 117.3 112.0 -3.3 -4.5
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 116.6 111.2 3.6 -4.6
 Footwear 117.2 117.9 3.4 .6
 Other apparel commodities 149.8 145.2 1.3 -3.1
 Apparel services 146.3 146.4 2.7 .1
 Transportation 132.2 132.2 5.0 .0
 Private transportation 130.1 129.7 5.2 -.3
 New vehicles 130.0 130.7 2.5 .5
 New cars 129.3 130.1 3.0 .6
 Used cars 128.7 127.8 6.8 -.7
 Motor fuel 108.6 107.2 12.6 -1.3
 Gasoline 108.8 107.2 13.2 -1.5
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 107.5 105.9 13.6 -1.5
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 109.7 108.3 12.6 -1.3
 Maintenance and repairs 146.8 147.3 4.5 .3
 Other private transportation 157.7 156.8 2.6 -.6
 Other private transportation
 commodities 104.6 103.7 -.8 -.9
 Other private transportation
 services 169.6 168.7 3.3 -.5
 Public transportation 159.4 163.4 3.7 2.5
 Medical care 196.3 196.9 7.0 .3
 Medical care commodities 193.4 194.8 7.4 .7
 Medical care services 197.1 197.4 6.8 .2
 Professional medical services 174.0 174.2 5.1 .1
 Entertainment 144.7 145.0 2.3 .2
 Entertainment commodities 134.9 134.0 1.0 -.7
 Entertainment services 156.8 158.3 3.4 1.0
 Other goods and services 190.5 191.2 7.7 .4
 Tobacco and smoking products 239.6 241.7 6.6 .9
 Personal care 148.1 147.1 4.3 -.7
 Personal and educational expenses 207.3 208.3 9.0 .5
 Special indexes
 Energy 112.4 111.8 6.7 -.5
 All items less energy 147.8 147.8 3.3 .0
 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- 1/15/93
 /CONTACT: Sam M. Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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