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HONOLULU CONSUMER PRICES UP 1.4 PERCENT IN FIRST HALF OF 1993 -- 3.1 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the Honolulu metropolitan statistical area rose 1.4 percent in the first half of 1993, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Sam Hirabayashi, the Bureau's regional commissioner, said that, on an annual basis, prices in the local area rose 3.1 percent.  This was the smallest over-the-year increase in the Honolulu index since the second half of 1986.  Prices in all major categories of consumer spending rose in the first six months of this year with food and housing costs accounting for over half of the overall increase.  The area's All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers now stands at 158.6 (1982-84 equals 100).  Local area CPI data are not seasonally adjusted.
    The cost of food and beverages was 2.7-percent higher than in the last half of 1992 and 3.4 percent above the level reported for the first half of last year.  Grocery prices advanced 3.8 percent over the first six months of this year with almost all major categories of grocery spending registering price gains -- particularly meats, poultry and fish, up 5.9 percent from second-half 1992 levels.  The cost of eating out increased 1.5 percent in the first half of 1993 while prices paid for alcoholic beverages rose 1.0 percent.
    Housing costs rose 0.7 percent from the second half of 1992 and posted a 2.4-percent gain over the first half of last year.  The shelter component of the housing index averaged unchanged during the first half of the year with lower homeowners' costs, down 0.5 percent, offsetting higher renters' costs, up 0.8 percent.  The cost of fuels and utilities increased 4.6 percent during the first half of 1993 as the cost of electricity advanced 6.9 percent over the second half of 1992.  Household furnishings and operation costs were up 1.5 percent from the last half of 1992 but were 0.5 percent lower than the level noted for the first half of last year.
    Apparel and upkeep prices posted a 1.7-percent gain between the second half of 1992 and the first half of this year and were 3.8-percent higher than a year ago.  Price tags on men's and boys' clothing increased 6.6 percent over the prior semiannual period, while the cost of footwear and women's and girls' apparel dropped -- 4.5 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.
    The transportation index rose 0.7 percent in the first half of 1993 to a level 2.1 percent above first-half 1992.  Private transportation costs were up 0.3 percent from second-half 1992 levels.  Public transportation, which includes air fares, averaged 4.4-percent higher in cost during the first six months of the year.
    The cost of medical care increased 3.9 percent in the first half of 1993 and was up 7.3 percent from the same period in 1992. Entertainment costs edged up 0.2 percent from last-half 1992 levels and were 1.0 percent above the first half of last year.  The miscellaneous other goods and services index increased 2.6 percent in the first six months of 1993 and gained 6.4 percent over the first half of 1992.
    Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes for
   semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods
    (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
    Honolulu, Hawaii (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                         Percent change
                                            Semiannual    to 1st half
                                           average index   1993 from:
                                             2nd    1st   1st    2nd
                                             half   half  half   half
                                             1992   1993  1992   1992
              Expenditure category
    All items                               156.4  158.6   3.1    1.4
    All items (1967 equals 100)             430.6  436.5   -      -
      Food and beverages                    149.0  153.0   3.4    2.7
        Food                                148.8  153.0   3.5    2.8
          Food at home                      153.9  159.8   2.4    3.8
            Cereals and bakery products     164.1  165.7   2.0    1.0
            Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs  153.3  161.8    .2    5.5
              Meats, poultry, and fish      154.8  163.9    .4    5.9
            Dairy products                  129.4  129.3   1.7    -.1
            Fruits and vegetables           172.4  179.5   3.5    4.1
            Other food at home              143.9  149.8   5.1    4.1
          Food away from home               139.1  141.2   3.5    1.5
        Alcoholic beverages                 152.1  153.6   2.3    1.0
      Housing                               163.0  164.1   2.4     .7
        Shelter                             181.0  181.0   1.6     .0
          Renters' costs A/                 186.4  187.8   2.0     .8
            Rent, residential               177.8  178.9   2.9     .6
            Other renters' costs            198.3  200.7  -2.3    1.2
          Homeowners' costs A/              187.2  186.3   1.0    -.5
            Owners' equivalent rent A/      188.2  187.3   1.0    -.5
        Fuel and other utilities            110.2  115.3  12.9    4.6
          Fuels                              96.9  102.9  23.8    6.2
            Fuel oil and other household
                fuel commodities             NA     NA     -      -
              Fuel oil                       NA     NA     -      -
              Other household fuel
                  commodities B/             NA     NA     -      -
            Gas (piped) and electricity      96.3  102.2  23.9    6.1
              Electricity                    95.3  101.9  26.3    6.9
              Utility (piped) gas           100.3   97.1   -.1   -3.2
        Household furnishings and operation 135.9  138.0   -.5    1.5
      Apparel and upkeep                    115.3  117.3   3.8    1.7
        Apparel commodities                 112.3  114.2   3.9    1.7
          Men's and boys' apparel           128.7  137.2   1.8    6.6
          Women's and girls' apparel        104.9  104.6   8.8    -.3
          Footwear                          102.6   98.0  -8.2   -4.5
      Transportation                        148.5  149.5   2.1    0.7
        Private transportation              150.8  151.2   1.6     .3
          Motor fuel                        119.1  120.5   4.0    1.2
            Gasoline                        121.4  123.2   4.7    1.5
              Gasoline, leaded regular       NA     NA     -      -
              Gasoline, unleaded regular    128.2  129.2   4.9     .8
              Gasoline, unleaded premium    113.5  115.9   4.6    2.1
        Public transportation               129.8  135.5   6.9    4.4
      Medical care                          185.6  192.8   7.3    3.9
      Entertainment                         136.8  137.1   1.0     .2
      Other goods and services              192.4  197.4   6.4    2.6
        Personal care                       155.1  160.8   6.1    3.7
              Special indexes
    All items less shelter                  146.8  149.8   3.8    2.0
    All items less medical care             154.7  156.6   2.8    1.2
    All items less energy                   161.3  163.3   2.6    1.2
    Energy                                  108.7  112.3  11.7    3.3
    Commodities less food                   131.8  133.0   1.4     .9
    Nondurables less food                   135.7  137.9   3.7    1.6
    Nondurables                             142.6  145.8   3.6    2.2
    Services less rent of shelter A/        163.7  168.0   6.3    2.6
    Services less medical care              170.2  171.7   3.2     .9
       A/     Indexes on a December 1982 equal 100 base.
       B/     Indexes on a December 1986 equal 100 base.
       NA/    Data not adequate for publication.
       -      Data not available.
    -0-             08/13/93
    CONTACT: Faith Heinemann, 213-252-7656, or Jim Wurth, 213-252-7517, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics CO:  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS IN:  HOU SU:  ECO ST:  HI


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