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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR THE WEST -- OCTOBER 1993

 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the western region rose 0.3 percent in October according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sam Hirabayashi, the Bureau's regional commissioner, said that increased private transportation costs, particularly higher gasoline prices, were the principal reason for this latest advance. A 4.3 cents a gallon Federal excise tax on gasoline was introduced on October 1. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the West reached 147.1 (1982-84=100), up 2.4 percent for the year. For the 10 months for this year, prices have increased 2.2 percent as compared with 3.4 percent for the same period last year. Consumer Price Index data for the region are not seasonally adjusted.
 Food and beverages prices increased 0.6 percent in October and were up 1.9 percent for the year. Grocery prices also advanced 0.6 percent during the month with higher prices noted for most items except diary products and sugar and sweets which fell slightly, and cereals and bakery products which were unchanged. Over the year, grocery prices were up 2.0 percent. The cost of food consumed away from home edged up 0.1 over the month, while alcoholic beverages prices rose 0.9 percent. Housing costs remained the same between September to October. The cost of shelter slipped a slight 0.1 percent over the month but posted a 2.2 percent gain over the year. The fuel and other utilities index advanced 0.3 percent over the month primarily due to higher prices paid for electricity. Fuel oil, which jumped 9.0 percent in October, had a negligible effect on the utilities sub-index because it has so little weight relative to other items in the index. The cost of household furnishings and operation increased 0.4 percent in October and was 1.1 percent above its year-ago level.
 The overall transportation index jumped 1.3 percent in October as higher gasoline prices, up 4.2 percent, pushed the private transportation sub-index up 1.5 percent. A 1.5 percent rise in the other private transportation services category, which includes automobile insurance, was also a significant contributor. Higher prices were also noted for new and used cars while maintenance and repairs prices were unchanged. Public transportation fares fell 0.6 percent during the month, but were up 10.5 percent for the year. Over the year, total transportation costs were up 2.9 percent and private transportation costs advanced 2.0 percent.
 Apparel prices fell 0.6 percent over the month, with all categories of apparel except infants' and toddlers' clothing posting declines. Prices of most items also averaged lower in over-the-year comparisons with price tags on men's and boys' clothing showing the largest drop, down 5.5 percent since October 1992. Apparel services moved up a slight 0.1 percent during the month and gained 1.8 percent for the year.
 The medical care index rose 0.7 percent in October and was up 6.2 percent for the year. Entertainment costs were up 0.6 percent during the month, due almost entirely to higher prices for entertainment commodities--up 1.2 percent. The miscellaneous other goods and services index dipped 0.1 percent over the month as lower tobacco and smoking products prices were almost offset by increases in personal and educational expenses. Tobacco and smoking products prices continued their slide and fell 1.4 percent in October and were down 6.9 percent over the year. Personal and educational expenses, on the other hand, rose 0.3 percent over the month and advanced 8.7 percent 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=100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Oct. 1993
 from:
 Sept. Oct. Oct. Sept.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 146.6 147.1 2.4 0.3
 All items (December 1977=100) 237.0 237.8 - -
 Food and beverages 142.7 143.5 1.9 .6
 Food 141.6 142.3 2.0 .5
 Food at home 142.0 142.9 2.1 .6
 Cereals and bakery products 160.1 160.1 3.5 .0
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 137.0 138.0 3.8 .7
 Dairy products 135.7 135.3 1.7 -.3
 Fruits and vegetables 158.8 160.8 .2 1.3
 Other food at home 130.8 132.2 1.5 1.1
 Sugar and sweets 137.5 137.3 -3.4 -.1
 Fats and oils 131.6 132.2 .6 .5
 Nonalcoholic beverages 110.9 112.7 .7 1.6
 Other prepared food 145.2 146.9 3.8 1.2
 Food away from home 141.6 141.8 1.7 .1
 Alcoholic beverages 153.3 154.7 1.1 .9
 Housing 145.4 145.4 2.1 .0
 Shelter 157.1 156.9 2.2 -.1
 Renters' costs 1/ 168.2 168.2 2.0 .0
 Rent, residential 153.8 153.9 1.7 .1
 Other renters' costs 195.7 195.5 3.4 -.1
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 165.7 165.4 2.3 -.2
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 165.9 165.5 2.3 -.2
 Maintenance and repairs 127.4 127.1 1.8 -.2
 Maintenance and repair services 128.3 128.3 2.9 .0
 Maintenance and repair
 commodities 129.0 128.0 -.2 -.8
 Fuel and other utilities 130.3 130.7 2.3 .3
 Fuels 125.1 125.9 2.2 .6
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 97.2 101.2 5.4 4.1
 Fuel oil 103.1 112.4 10.7 9.0
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 112.3 114.3 3.0 1.8
 Gas (piped) and electricity
 (energy services) 128.3 128.9 2.1 .5
 Electricity 142.2 143.1 1.9 .6
 Utility (piped) gas 112.6 112.9 2.5 .3
 Other utilities and public
 services 143.5 143.4 2.4 -.1
 Household furnishings and operation 118.8 119.3 1.1 .4
 Housefurnishings 108.6 109.2 .5 .6
 Housekeeping supplies 131.5 132.1 .5 .5
 Housekeeping services 134.6 134.5 3.3 -.1
 Apparel and upkeep 125.8 125.2 -1.5 -0.5
 Apparel commodities 122.5 121.8 -1.9 -.6
 Men's and boys' apparel 119.9 119.2 -5.5 -.6
 Women's and girls' apparel 116.9 116.8 -.9 -.1
 Infants' and toddlers' apparel 108.7 110.7 -2.6 1.8
 Footwear 119.9 119.6 .5 -.3
 Other apparel commodities 154.1 149.8 .2 -2.8
 Apparel services 148.6 148.8 1.8 .1
 Transportation 133.3 135.0 2.9 1.3
 Private transportation 129.6 131.6 2.0 1.5
 New vehicles 131.8 132.3 3.0 .4
 New cars 129.8 130.3 2.1 .4
 Used cars 137.2 138.4 8.1 .9
 Motor fuel 102.3 107.0 -.1 4.6
 Gasoline 101.9 106.2 -.9 4.2
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 99.4 103.6 -1.9 4.2
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 104.5 108.4 .1 3.7
 Maintenance and repairs 152.0 152.0 3.5 .0
 Other private transportation 155.6 157.5 .4 1.2
 Other private transportation
 commodities 102.4 102.3 -1.2 -.1
 Other private transportation
 services 167.6 170.1 .8 1.5
 Public transportation 176.7 175.7 10.5 -.6
 Medical care 206.0 207.4 6.2 .7
 Medical care commodities 198.2 199.2 3.3 .5
 Medical care services 207.9 209.4 6.8 .7
 Professional medical services 182.9 183.5 5.9 .3
 Entertainment 146.5 147.4 2.1 .6
 Entertainment commodities 132.5 134.1 -.3 1.2
 Entertainment services 162.7 162.9 4.1 .1
 Other goods and services 197.7 197.6 4.1 -.1
 Tobacco and smoking products 226.2 223.1 -6.9 -1.4
 Personal care 147.5 147.9 .9 .3
 Personal and educational expenses 224.2 224.8 8.7 .3
 Special indexes
 Energy 111.3 114.3 1.0 2.7
 All items less energy 150.8 151.1 2.4 .2
 1/ Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
 2/ Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 - Data not available.
 -0- 11/10/93
 /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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