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HONOLULU CONSUMER PRICES UP 3.2 PERCENT IN FIRST HALF OF 1992 -- 4.8 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO

 HONOLULU CONSUMER PRICES UP 3.2 PERCENT IN FIRST HALF OF 1992 --
 4.8 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO
 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the Honolulu metropolitan statistical area rose 3.2 percent in the first half of 1992, 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 4.8 percent, considerably less than the 8.3 percent increase reported between the first half of 1990 and the first half of 1991. Prices rose in all major categories of consumer spending during the first six months of the year with housing and transportation accounting for nearly 75 percent of the overall increase. The area's All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased to 153.9 (1982-84-100). Local area CPI data are not seasonally adjusted.
 Housing costs advanced 3.9 percent from the second half of 1991 and posted a 5.9 percent gain over the first half of last year. The shelter component of the housing index increased 4.2 percent with homeowners' costs up 3.8 percent and renters' costs up 4.0 percent.
 The overall transportation index rose 4.3 percent in the first half of 1992 and was 6.0 percent above the level reported for the first half of 1991. Private transportation costs were up 3.9 percent from second-half 1991 levels, while the cost of public transportation jumped 7.1 percent.
 The cost of food and beverages was 1.5 percent higher than the last half of 1991 and 1.4 percent above the level recorded during the first half of last year. Grocery prices were up 2.8 percent during the first six months of this year with most major categories of grocery spending registering price gains -- particularly meats, poultry, fish and eggs, up 7.0 percent from second-half 1991 levels.
 Apparel and upkeep prices posted a 2.9 percent gain between the second half of 1991 and the first half of 1992 but were just 1.6 percent higher than the first half of 1991. The cost of medical care increased 2.9 percent in the first half of 1992 and was up 7.0 percent from the same period in 1991. Entertainment costs edged up 0.1 percent from last-half 1991 levels and were 2.0 percent above the first half of last year. The miscellaneous other goods and services increased 3.3 percent in the first six months of 1992 and gained 8.0 percent over the first half of 1991.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes for
 semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 Honolulu, Hawaii (1982-84-100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent change
 Semiannual to 1st half
 average index 1992 from-
 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
 half half half half
 1991 1992 1991 1991
 Expenditure category
 All items 149.1 153.9 4.8 3.2
 All items (1967-100) 410.5 423.6 - -
 Food and beverages 145.8 148.0 1.4 1.5
 Food 145.5 147.8 1.0 1.6
 Food at home 151.8 156.1 1.6 2.8
 Cereals and bakery products 161.2 162.4 2.9 .7
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 150.9 161.4 2.1 7.0
 Meats, poultry, and fish 151.6 163.3 2.4 7.7
 Dairy products 125.0 127.1 .6 1.7
 Fruits and vegetables 176.1 173.5 -1.2 -1.5
 Other food at home 138.3 142.5 3.2 3.0
 Food away from home 135.2 136.4 3.3 .9
 Alcoholic beverages 149.1 150.1 7.5 .7
 Housing 154.3 160.3 5.9 3.9
 Shelter 171.0 178.1 6.3 4.2
 Renters' costs 1/ 177.1 184.1 7.0 4.0
 Rent, residential 167.7 173.9 6.4 3.7
 Other renters' costs 195.5 205.4 10.1 5.1
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 177.6 184.4 6.8 3.8
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 178.4 185.4 6.8 3.9
 Fuel and other utilities 101.1 102.1 .6 1.0
 Fuels 82.2 83.1 -6.5 1.1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 331.1 NA - -
 Fuel oil NA NA - -
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 144.4 NA - -
 Gas (piped) and electricity 81.6 82.5 -6.5 1.1
 Electricity 79.8 80.7 -6.7 1.1
 Utility (piped) gas 96.2 97.2 -4.5 1.0
 Household furnishings and operation 132.7 138.7 7.9 4.5
 Apparel and upkeep 109.8 113.0 1.6 2.9
 Apparel commodities 107.0 109.9 1.3 2.7
 Men's and boys' apparel 127.2 134.8 6.9 6.0
 Women's and girls' apparel 96.3 96.1 -4.2 -.2
 Footwear 102.1 106.7 3.7 4.5
 Transportation 140.4 146.4 6.0 4.3
 Private transportation 143.2 148.8 7.2 3.9
 Motor fuel 116.8 115.9 5.7 -.8
 Gasoline 118.8 117.7 5.6 -.9
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 124.3 123.2 6.6 -.9
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 111.8 110.8 4.6 -.9
 Public transportation 118.4 126.8 -3.6 7.1
 Medical care 174.6 179.7 7.0 2.9
 Entertainment 135.5 135.7 2.0 .1
 Other goods and services 179.6 185.6 8.0 3.3
 Personal care 145.9 151.6 5.5 3.9
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 154.0 159.1 5.1 3.3
 Energy 100.6 100.5 .6 -.1
 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- 8/13/92
 /CONTACT: Faith Heinemann, 213-252-7518; or Jim Wurth, 213-252-7517, both of U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor ST: Hawaii IN: FIN SU:


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