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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- JUNE 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid by consumers in the 13 westernmost states were unchanged in June according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lower grocery and apparel prices were offset by moderate increases in other categories of consumer expenditures. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West stabilized at 146.0 (1982-84 equals 100) in June and posted a 3.1-percent gain for the year. Since the beginning of the year, prices have increased 1.5 percent as compared with a 1.9-percent rise during the same 6-month period in 1992. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Food and beverages prices declined 0.6 percent in June but were up 2.5 percent for the year. Grocery prices fell 1.1 percent during the month as the cost of fruits and vegetables dropped sharply, falling 7.4 percent. Over the year fruits and vegetables were up 3.5 percent. Prices of cereals and bakery products and meats, poultry, fish and eggs posted moderate gains over the month, while diary products jumped 2.3 percent. The food away from home index and alcoholic beverages prices averaged up 0.1 percent from last month.
 Housing costs rose 0.3 percent in June and gained 2.8 percent for the year. Shelter costs moved up 0.3 percent for the month largely on the strength of a 0.5-percent increase in owners' equivalent rent. The other renters' cost category, which includes out-of-town lodging, fell 0.8 percent in June but was more than offset by a 0.3-percent increase in residential rent leaving the overall renters' costs index up 0.1 percent. The fuel and other utilities index advanced 0.4 percent in June due, primarily, to a 3.2-percent increase in prices paid for residential gas. The cost of household furnishings and operation fell 0.2 percent last month and were up 1.4 percent for the year.
 The overall apparel and upkeep index declined 2.4 percent over the month and fell 1.2 percent for the year. Prices averaged lower for most apparel items in June -- women's and girls' clothing was down 4.1 percent, men's and boys' apparel prices fell 2.9 percent and footwear prices dropped 2.4 percent. Over-the-month increases were noted for infants' and toddlers' clothing, up 1.1 percent and other apparel commodities, up 0.8 percent. For the year, prices were lower for all apparel items. Apparel services was unchanged in June and posted a 1.0- percent increase for the year.
 Transportation costs rose 0.2 percent in June and advanced 2.8 percent for the year. Private transportation costs were pushed upward (0.2 percent) primarily by the used cars component which jumped 2.1 percent over the month and has advanced 8.9 percent since June 1992. Conversely, new vehicles prices fell 0.2 percent over the month. Compared with a year ago, prices were up 2.0 percent. Public transportation fares increased 0.5 percent in June and were 13.9 percent above year-ago levels.
 The medical care index edged up 0.1 percent in June and gained 6.9 percent for the year. Medical care commodities dropped 0.4 percent in June while medical care services advanced 0.3 percent. Entertainment costs moved up 0.1 percent during the month and were 2.1 percent above year-ago levels. The miscellaneous other goods and services index increased 0.1 percent over the month and posted a 7.2-percent gain for 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 June 1993
 from:
 May June June May
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 146.0 146.0 3.1 0.0
 All items (December 1977 equals 100) 236.0 235.9 -- --
 Food and beverages 143.4 142.6 2.5 -.6
 Food 142.3 141.4 2.7 -.6
 Food at home 143.3 141.7 3.1 -1.1
 Cereals and bakery products 159.1 159.5 3.6 .3
 Meats, poultry, fish
 and eggs 136.5 137.3 4.8 .6
 Dairy products 132.5 135.5 2.6 2.3
 Fruits and vegetables 170.4 157.8 3.5 -7.4
 Other food at home 130.8 130.6 .8 -.2
 Sugar and sweets 137.6 136.3 -2.6 -.9
 Fats and oils 130.0 131.0 .2 .8
 Nonalcoholic beverages 111.2 111.5 -.7 .3
 Other prepared food 145.2 144.8 3.1 -.3
 Food away from home 141.2 141.4 2.0 .1
 Alcoholic beverages 154.0 154.2 1.3 .1
 Housing 144.2 144.6 2.8 .3
 Shelter 155.8 156.3 3.2 .3
 Renters' costs A/ 166.7 166.8 2.1 .1
 Rent, residential 152.6 153.0 2.3 .3
 Other renters' costs 193.4 191.8 1.0 -.8
 Homeowners' costs A/ 164.3 165.2 3.7 .5
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 164.5 165.3 3.6 .5
 Maintenance and repairs 128.1 127.8 3.9 -.2
 Maintenance and repair
 services 128.2 128.2 6.3 .0
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 131.3 130.4 .0 -.7
 Fuel and other utilities 128.9 129.4 2.3 .4
 Fuels 123.8 125.1 2.0 1.1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 98.3 97.7 2.5 -.6
 Fuel oil 105.4 104.7 3.4 -.7
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 113.1 112.3 2.1 -.7
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 126.8 128.2 2.0 1.1
 Electricity 141.9 142.2 2.1 .2
 Utility (piped) gas 109.0 112.5 1.7 3.2
 Other utilities and public
 services 141.9 141.5 2.6 -.3
 Household furnishings and
 operation 118.6 118.4 1.4 -.2
 Housefurnishings 109.4 108.6 .8 -.7
 Housekeeping supplies 131.1 130.4 -.2 -.5
 Housekeeping services 131.5 133.4 3.8 1.4
 Apparel and upkeep 127.6 124.6 -1.2 -2.4
 Apparel commodities 124.6 121.2 -1.5 -2.7
 Men's and boys' apparel 123.5 119.9 -2.1 -2.9
 Women's and girls' apparel 120.2 115.3 -1.7 -4.1
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 110.4 111.6 -3.8 1.1
 Footwear 119.9 117.0 -.6 -2.4
 Other apparel commodities 150.7 151.9 -.3 .8
 Apparel services 147.0 147.0 1.0 .0
 Transportation 132.8 133.0 2.8 .2
 Private transportation 129.7 129.9 1.6 .2
 New vehicles 132.2 132.0 2.0 -.2
 New cars 131.0 130.8 1.8 -.2
 Used cars 130.3 133.0 8.9 2.1
 Motor fuel 103.8 104.3 -2.6 .5
 Gasoline 103.7 104.1 -2.9 .4
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 101.7 102.1 -3.5 .4
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 105.1 106.0 -1.7 .9
 Maintenance and repairs 150.0 150.4 4.6 .3
 Other private transportation 157.0 156.3 1.1 -.4
 Other private transportation
 commodities 102.1 101.5 -1.5 -.6
 Other private transportation
 services 169.4 168.7 1.6 -.4
 Public transportation 170.2 171.1 13.9 .5
 Medical care 203.8 204.1 6.9 .1
 Medical care commodities 196.9 196.2 3.5 -.4
 Medical care services 205.4 206.0 7.6 .3
 Professional medical services 181.5 182.2 6.7 .4
 Entertainment 145.9 146.0 2.1 .1
 Entertainment commodities 133.7 133.0 -.8 -.5
 Entertainment services 160.3 161.1 4.5 .5
 Other goods and services 196.3 196.5 7.2 .1
 Tobacco and smoking products 257.2 255.1 8.3 -.8
 Personal care 147.8 147.6 2.7 -.1
 Personal and educational expenses 212.6 213.6 8.2 .5
 Special indexes
 Energy 111.6 112.4 -.5 .7
 All items less energy 150.2 150.1 3.3 -.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- 7/14/93
 /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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