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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- JANUARY 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid by consumers in the 13 westernmost states rose 0.6 percent in January 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 apparel) posted increases over the month with food and shelter accounting for about half of the month's gain. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 144.7 (1982-84 equals 100), up 3.5 percent for the year. The January to January change was identical to the 12-month increases reported for November and December, 1992. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Prices of food and beverages increased 1.0 percent for the month and were 2.6 percent above year-ago levels. Fruits and vegetables prices, usually higher during the winter months, jumped 5.2 percent in January and were up 6.2 percent over the year. All other grocery items also posted gains for the month pushing the food at home index up 1.8 percent in January and 3.0 percent for the year. Alcoholic beverages prices advanced 0.5 percent during the month while the food away from index was unchanged.
 Housing costs rose 0.4 percent in January and were 2.7 percent above year-ago levels. The shelter component advanced 0.5 percent as out-of-town lodging rates jumped 5.2 percent pushing overall renters' costs up 1.2 percent for the month. Homeowners' costs inched up 0.1 percent in January and posted a 3.1 percent gain for the year. The fuel and other utilities component increased 1.2 percent during the month primarily due to a 1.7 percent rise in the cost of residential gas and electricity. The household furnishings and operation index fell 0.3 percent in January as all components in this category posted declines.
 Overall transportation costs advanced 0.5 percent during the month resulting primarily from a 3.4 percent increase in public transportation fares. Private transportation edged up 0.1 percent 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 second consecutive month, down 0.8 percent, but were up 14.7 percent for the year. On an annual basis, the transportation index gained 5.5 percent with private transportation costs up 5.3 percent and public transportation fares up 7.3 percent.
 Apparel and upkeep prices in the West dropped 0.5 percent last month with lower prices reported for all categories except infants' and toddlers' clothing, up 1.2 percent, and other apparel commodities, up 2.8 percent. Prices of women's and gl?othing fell 1.3 percent in January and were responsible for most of the drop in the apparel index. For the year, women's and girls' apparel prices fell 4.7 percent resulting in a 0.9 percent drop in apparel commodities and a 0.6 percent drop in the overall apparel and upkeep category.
 Medical care costs increased 0.6 percent during the month and were 6.7 percent above the year-ago level. Prices paid for entertainment goods and services rose 0.4 percent in January and were 2.3 percent higher than a year ago.
 The miscellaneous other goods and services index rose 1.5 percent over the month. A 3.4 percent jump in tobacco and smoking products prices and a 1.3 percent increase in personal and educational expenses contributed about equally to the advance. These two categories of consumer spending have posted the largest increases from the 1982-84 equals 100 base period, up 149.8 percent and 111.1 percent respectively.
 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 Jan. 1993
 from:
 Dec. Jan. Jan. Dec.
 1992 1993 1992 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 143.9 144.7 3.5 0.6
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 232.6 233.9 -- --
 Food and beverages 140.9 142.3 2.6 1.0
 Food 139.7 141.2 2.6 1.1
 Food at home 139.7 142.2 3.0 1.8
 Cereals and bakery products 154.0 154.5 2.3 .3
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 133.4 134.5 2.0 .8
 Dairy products 132.3 133.6 3.3 1.0
 Fruits and vegetables 162.1 170.6 6.2 5.2
 Other food at home 128.8 130.4 1.6 1.2
 Sugar and sweets 136.6 138.0 -.6 1.0
 Fats and oils 127.9 131.6 .5 2.9
 Nonalcoholic beverages 110.5 110.9 .2 .4
 Other prepared food 142.0 143.9 3.3 1.3
 Food away from home 140.2 140.2 2.0 .0
 Alcoholic beverages 152.0 152.8 2.3 .5
 Housing 142.6 143.2 2.7 .4
 Shelter 154.2 154.9 2.7 .5
 Renters' costs 1/ 164.7 166.6 1.9 1.2
 Rent, residential 152.1 152.2 2.1 .1
 Other renters' costs 184.9 194.5 .9 5.2
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 162.9 163.1 3.1 .1
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 163.0 163.3 3.2 .2
 Maintenance and repairs 125.7 126.3 4.4 .5
 Maintenance and repair services 125.4 125.4 - .0
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 129.2 131.2 -3.6 1.5
 Fuel and other utilities 125.7 127.2 3.1 1.2
 Fuels 119.8 121.9 2.3 1.8
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 98.1 99.6 2.0 1.5
 Fuel oil 102.9 104.3 6.3 1.4
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 113.9 115.8 .1 1.7
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 122.6 124.7 2.2 1.7
 Electricity 140.3 142.0 2.8 1.2
 Utility (piped) gas 100.0 103.1 .9 3.1
 Other utilities and public
 services 139.4 140.3 4.0 .6
 Household furnishings and operation 117.8 117.4 1.9 -.3
 Housefurnishings 108.4 108.0 1.7 -.4
 Housekeeping supplies 130.8 130.7 .3 -.1
 Housekeeping services 130.7 130.4 3.4 -.2
 Apparel and upkeep 123.6 123.0 -0.6 -0.5
 Apparel commodities 120.2 119.6 -.9 -.5
 Men's and boys' apparel 124.2 123.0 .1 -1.0
 Women's and girls' apparel 112.0 110.6 -4.7 -1.3
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 111.2 112.5 3.7 1.2
 Footwear 117.9 116.4 1.3 -1.3
 Other apparel commodities 145.2 149.2 5.6 2.8
 Apparel services 146.4 146.2 1.9 -.1
 Transportation 132.2 132.8 5.5 .5
 Private transportation 129.7 129.8 5.3 .1
 New vehicles 130.7 131.7 2.7 .8
 New cars 130.1 130.9 2.8 .6
 Used cars 127.8 126.2 7.5 -1.3
 Motor fuel 107.2 106.2 13.9 -.9
 Gasoline 107.2 106.3 14.7 -.8
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 105.9 104.9 15.0 -.9
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 108.3 107.2 13.3 -1.0
 Maintenance and repairs 147.3 147.8 4.4 .3
 Other private transportation 156.8 157.7 1.8 .6
 Other private transportation
 commodities 103.7 104.0 -.4 .3
 Other private transportation
 services 168.7 169.7 2.2 .6
 Public transportation 163.4 169.0 7.3 3.4
 Medical care 196.9 198.1 6.7 .6
 Medical care commodities 194.8 195.1 7.3 .2
 Medical care services 197.4 198.8 6.6 .7
 Professional medical services 174.2 175.3 5.1 .6
 Entertainment 145.0 145.6 2.3 .4
 Entertainment commodities 134.0 134.5 .9 .4
 Entertainment services 158.3 159.1 3.6 .5
 Other goods and services 191.2 194.1 7.9 1.5
 Tobacco and smoking products 241.7 249.8 9.4 3.4
 Personal care 147.1 147.3 2.7 .1
 Personal and educational expenses 208.3 211.1 9.0 1.3
 Special indexes
 Energy 111.8 112.1 8.1 .3
 All items less energy 147.8 148.7 3.2 .6
 1/ Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 2/ Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 2/18/93
 /CONTACT: Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7132, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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