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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- FEBRUARY 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid by consumers in the 13 westernmost states rose 0.3 percent in February according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. All major categories of consumer spending (except food and beverages) posted increases over the month with apparel and upkeep accounting for almost half of the month's gain. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 145.2 (1982-84 equals 100), up 3.3 percent for the year. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Apparel and upkeep prices, which are susceptible to seasonal fluctuations, jumped 3.0 percent last month after declining for three consecutive months. Most of the February increase was due to higher price tags on women's and girls' clothing, up 6.2 percent over the month. The women's and girls' apparel index was, however, down 0.6 percent for the year. Higher February prices were also noted for men's and boys' apparel (up 1.0 percent) footwear (up 2.4 percent) and other apparel commodities (up 2.5 percent). Apparel services were unchanged over the month while infants' and toddlers' clothing declined 2.1 percent.
 Led by lower prices of fruits and vegetables (down 3.2 percent), grocery prices dropped 0.5 percent in February. Dairy products and meats, poultry, fish, and eggs also posted declines -- both categories fell 0.4 percent over the month. On the up-side prices averaged higher for cereals and bakery products, up 2.0 percent, and the other food at home category, up 0.2 percent. Alcoholic beverages prices advanced 0.7 percent during the month while the food away from home index rose 0.1 percent.
 Housing costs edged up 0.1 percent in February and were 2.2 percent above year-ago levels. The shelter component advanced 0.1 percent for the month, as a 0.5 percent increase renters' costs was partially offset by declines in homeowners' costs (down 0.1 percent) and maintenance and repair (down 0.3 percent). Residential fuel and other utilities were unchanged over the month while household furnishings and operation costs moved up 0.3 percent. Over the year homeowners' costs have increased 2.8 percent, and renters' costs have risen 1.3 percent.
 The transportation index advanced 0.2 percent during the month and was up 5.6 percent for the year. Private transportation costs edged up 0.1 percent in February as modest increases in new vehicles, maintenance and repairs, and other private transportation costs offset lower prices paid for used cars and gasoline. Gasoline prices fell for the third consecutive month, down 0.6 percent, but were up 13.3 percent for the year. Public transportation fares rose 0.3 percent over the month and were 8.6 percent above year-ago levels.
 Medical care costs increased 0.9 percent during the month and posted a 6.6 percent gain for the year. A 1.0 percent rise in the cost of medical care services was largely responsible for this latest advance. Prices paid for entertainment goods and services rose 0.8 percent in February and were 2.8 percent higher than a year ago. The miscellaneous other goods and services index rose 0.6 percent over the month as higher prices paid for tobacco and smoking products and personal and educational expenses contributed about equally to the advance.
 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 Feb. 1993
 from:
 Jan. Feb. Feb. Jan.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 144.7 145.2 3.3 0.3
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 233.9 234.7 -- --
 Food and beverages 142.3 142.1 2.2 -.1
 Food 141.2 140.9 2.1 -.2
 Food at home 142.2 141.5 2.2 -.5
 Cereals and bakery products 154.5 157.6 4.7 2.0
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 134.5 133.9 1.5 -.4
 Dairy products 133.6 133.1 2.5 -.4
 Fruits and vegetables 170.6 165.2 1.7 -3.2
 Other food at home 130.4 130.7 1.6 .2
 Sugar and sweets 138.0 137.8 -1.1 -.1
 Fats and oils 131.6 129.6 -1.6 -1.5
 Nonalcoholic beverages 110.9 112.2 1.1 1.2
 Other prepared food 143.9 144.1 3.5 .1
 Food away from home 140.2 140.4 2.0 .1
 Alcoholic beverages 152.8 153.9 2.9 .7
 Housing 143.2 143.3 2.2 .1
 Shelter 154.9 155.1 2.3 .1
 Renters' costs (A) 166.6 167.4 1.3 .5
 Rent, residential 152.2 152.2 2.0 .0
 Other renters' costs 194.5 198.6 -.6 2.1
 Homeowners' costs (A) 163.1 163.0 2.8 -.1
 Owners' equivalent rent (A) 163.3 163.1 2.8 -.1
 Maintenance and repairs 126.3 125.9 3.0 -.3
 Maintenance and repair services 125.4 125.4 -- .0
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 131.2 130.0 -4.1 -.9
 Fuel and other utilities 127.2 127.2 3.0 .0
 Fuels 121.9 121.8 2.4 -.1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 99.6 99.8 4.8 .2
 Fuel oil 104.3 105.2 7.6 .9
 Other household fuel
 commodities (B) 115.8 115.8 3.7 .0
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 124.7 124.7 2.4 .0
 Electricity 142.0 141.9 2.0 -.1
 Utility (piped) gas 103.1 103.0 3.0 -.1
 Other utilities and public
 services 140.3 140.4 3.6 .1
 Household furnishings and operation 117.4 117.7 1.2 .3
 Housefurnishings 108.0 108.5 .6 .5
 Housekeeping supplies 130.7 130.0 -.2 -.5
 Housekeeping services 130.4 130.9 3.7 .4
 Apparel and upkeep 123.0 126.7 0.5 3.0
 Apparel commodities 119.6 123.7 .4 3.4
 Men's and boys' apparel 123.0 124.2 -.6 1.0
 Women's and girls' apparel 110.6 117.5 -.6 6.2
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 112.5 110.1 3.3 -2.1
 Footwear 116.4 119.2 3.6 2.4
 Other apparel commodities 149.2 153.0 1.7 2.5
 Apparel services 146.2 146.2 1.2 .0
 Transportation 132.8 133.0 5.6 .2
 Private transportation 129.8 129.9 5.2 .1
 New vehicles 131.7 132.2 2.3 .4
 New cars 130.9 130.9 2.1 .0
 Used cars 126.2 124.9 8.0 -1.0
 Motor fuel 106.2 105.6 12.8 -.6
 Gasoline 106.3 105.7 13.3 -.6
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 104.9 104.5 13.7 -.4
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 107.2 106.7 12.3 -.5
 Maintenance and repairs 147.8 149.0 4.9 .8
 Other private transportation 157.7 158.2 2.3 .3
 Other private transportation
 commodities 104.0 103.8 -.1 -.2
 Other private transportation
 services 169.7 170.5 2.9 .5
 Public transportation 169.0 169.5 8.6 .3
 Medical care 198.1 199.9 6.6 .9
 Medical care commodities 195.1 196.4 6.2 .7
 Medical care services 198.8 200.8 6.7 1.0
 Professional medical services 175.3 175.9 4.8 .3
 Entertainment 145.6 146.8 2.8 .8
 Entertainment commodities 134.5 134.9 .9 .3
 Entertainment services 159.1 160.9 4.3 1.1
 Other goods and services 194.1 195.2 8.0 .6
 Tobacco and smoking products 249.8 253.1 10.1 1.3
 Personal care 147.3 147.2 2.1 -.1
 Personal and educational expenses 211.1 212.1 9.0 .5
 Special indexes
 Energy 112.1 111.7 7.6 -.4
 All items less energy 148.7 149.3 3.1 .4
 (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- 3/17/93
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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