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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAUSE GROCERY PRICES TO RISE: ENERGY INDEX DOWN SLIGHTLY DUE TO LESS EXPENSIVE MOTOR FUEL

 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAUSE GROCERY PRICES TO RISE:
 ENERGY INDEX DOWN SLIGHTLY DUE TO LESS EXPENSIVE MOTOR FUEL
 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that the price of groceries in the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley area rose 0.8 percent in September as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).
 According to Alan M. Paisner, this was due in part to a large increase in the price of fruit and vegetables -- up 3.5 percent over the month. Produce prices normally decline in September. Dairy products also contributed to the rise in the grocery index with a 2.5 percent over-the-month increase, the largest such increase since last October. Since September 1991, the food at home index for Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties rose 5.4 percent.
 Helping to moderate the rise in the grocery index was a 1.6 percent over-the-month decrease in cereal and bakery products, while prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs as well as the other food at home index each rose only 0.2 percent.
 The Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley food at home index stood at 131.6 on the 1982-84 base, which means that grocery shoppers in the Pittsburgh- Beaver Valley area would have had to spend $13.16 last month for a market basket of food items that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.
 The energy index dropped 0.2 percent during September due to a 0.4 percent decline in the price of gasoline, leaving prices at the pump down 1.2 percent from a year ago. Fuel oil increased 2.8 percent over the month, but both gas and electricity showed no change.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:


Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley area, September 1992, not seasonally adjusted
 (1982-84 equals 100)
 Index Percent
 GROUP Sept. change to Sept.
 1992 1992 from
 Aug. Sept.
 1992 1991
 Food at home 131.6 0.8 5.4
 Cereals and bakery products 138.2 -1.6 1.8
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 124.8 0.2 0.6
 Meats, poultry and fish 126.9 -0.1 1.2
 Dairy products 127.1 2.5 10.2
 Fruits and vegetables 149.2 3.5 16.5
 Other foods at home 126.9 0.2 3.3
 Energy 114.0 -0.2 -1.6
 Fuels 124.5 0.1 -1.7
 Fuel oil 87.5 2.8 8.4
 Gas (piped) and electricity 126.1 0.0 -2.2
 Electricity 143.5 0.0 -2.0
 Utility (piped) gas 112.2 0.0 -2.3
 Motor fuel 99.4 -0.3 -1.1
 Gasoline 99.4 -0.4 -1.2
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 96.5 -0.1 -1.4
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 100.8 -0.4 -0.6
 -0- 10/15/92
 /CONTACT: Michelle Weihmann, information, 215-596-1154, or Maureen Greene, media, 215-596-1157, both of U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor, , Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: ECO


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