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LOS ANGELES AREA CONSUMER PRICES UP 0.2 PERCENT IN APRIL, 3.6 PERCENT FOR YEAR

 LOS ANGELES AREA CONSUMER PRICES UP
 0.2 PERCENT IN APRIL, 3.6 PERCENT FOR YEAR
 LOS ANGELES, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid for goods and services purchased by consumers in the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties) rose 0.2 percent in April, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sam Hirabayashi, the Bureau's regional commissioner, said that lower prices for groceries and apparel were more than offset by higher prices for gasoline and other goods and services. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers now stands at 145.8 (1982-84-100), 3.6 percent above the April 1991 level. Since the first of the year, local area prices have risen 1.9 percent, compared to a 1.1 percent increase for the first four months of 1991. Consumer Price Index data for local areas are not seasonally adjusted.
 Transportation costs rose 0.4 percent in April to a level 5.5 percent above a year ago. Most of the over-the-month gain came as the result of a 2.2 percent jump in gasoline prices. Gasoline prices averaged 15.3 percent higher than in April 1991. Public transportation costs were unchanged from March and were only 1.0 percent higher than in April of last year.
 The miscellaneous other goods and services index was up 2.8 percent from March levels with higher priced tobacco and smoking products responsible for about one third of the increase. This subindex was 11.1 percent higher than in April 1991. Up 8.3 percent from a year ago, medical care costs increased 0.4 percent during the month. Entertainment costs were up 0.6 percent for the month and just 0.9 percent for the year.
 Housing costs were unchanged from March levels but were 2.2 percent above the prior April. Shelter costs were up 0.4 percent for the month. Residential fuels and utilities increased 0.2 percent in cost while household furnishings and operations costs rose 1.8 percent. Water and sewerage maintenance and furniture and bedding were associated with the latter increases.
 The food and beverages index edged down 0.1 percent during the month but were 2.5 percent higher than in April 1991. Grocery prices dipped 0.5 percent with most of the decline attributed to lower priced fruits and vegetables and miscellaneous other foods consumed at home--both down 1.2 percent from March levels. The cost of eating out increased 0.2 percent and alcoholic beverages were priced 0.6 percent higher for the month.
 Apparel and upkeep costs dropped 0.4 percent in April but were 2.6 percent above the level noted a year prior. Lower prices for footwear--down 0.3 percent--and women's and girls' apparel--down 0.8 percent--helped to offset a 2.2 percent rise in men's and boys' clothing costs.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 Los Angeles-Anaheim-Riverside, CA
 (1982-84-100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Apr. 1992
 from:
 Mar. Apr. Apr. Mar.
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items .......................... 145.5 145.8 3.6 0.2
 Food and beverages ............... 141.1 140.9 2.5 -.1
 Food ........................... 139.2 138.9 2.2 -.2
 Food at home ................. 141.5 140.8 1.3 -.5
 Food away from home .......... 136.3 136.6 3.6 .2
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 159.5 160.4 6.2 .6
 Housing .......................... 147.9 147.9 2.2 .0
 Shelter ........................ 158.2 157.6 1.8 -.4
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 135.2 135.5 4.2 .2
 Household furnishings and
 operation ..................... 119.6 121.7 2.4 1.8
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 136.9 136.3 2.6 -.4
 Transportation .................. 130.1 130.6 5.5 0.4
 Private transportation ......... 126.9 127.5 6.2 .5
 Motor fuel ................... 97.6 99.5 14.5 1.9
 Public transportation .......... 175.4 175.4 1.0 .0
 Medical care ..................... 188.7 189.5 8.3 .4
 Entertainment .................... 134.1 134.9 .9 .6
 Other goods and services ......... 190.3 195.7 11.1 2.8
 Personal care .................. 150.7 154.3 6.0 2.4
 Special indexes
 All items less energy .............. 149.4 149.7 3.5 .2
 Energy ............................. 110.2 111.3 7.1 1.0
 -0- 5/13/92
 /CONTACT: Faith Heinemann, 213-252-7518; or Jim Wurth, 213-252-7517, both of the Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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