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LOS ANGELES AREA CONSUMER PRICES UP 0.3 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER

 LOS ANGELES AREA CONSUMER PRICES UP 0.3 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER
 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices paid for goods and services purchased in the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties) rose 0.3 percent in September, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sam Hirabayashi, the Bureau's regional commissioner, said that lower shelter and apparel costs were more than offset by higher prices in other categories of consumer spending, particularly food and public transportation. The All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers now stands at 147.4 (1982-84 equals 100), 3.4 percent above the September 1991 level. Since the first of the year, Los Angeles area prices have risen 3.0 percent, compared to a 2.4 percent increase noted during the first nine months of 1991. Local area CPI data are not seasonally adjusted.
 The cost of food and beverages increased 0.9 percent from August to a level 4.9 percent above a year ago. Grocery prices advanced 1.4 percent during the month due primarily to a 6.2 percent jump in the cost of fruits and vegetables. The food away from home index was up 0.2 percent in September, while alcoholic beverages were priced 0.3 percent higher.
 Transportation costs were up 0.5 percent during the month and 6.4 percent above the September 1991 level. The over-the-month gain came as the result of a 5.8 percent rise in the public transportation index. Private transportation costs edged down 0.2 percent with both gasoline prices and automobile finance charges noted lower.
 Medical care costs were 0.4 percent higher for the month and 7.9 percent higher for the year. Entertainment costs rose 0.6 percent in September, but were 3.2 percent below last year. Higher educational expenses were responsible for a 1.8 percent over-the-month increase in the miscellaneous other goods and services index. This sub-index was 6.6 percent higher than a year ago.
 Housing costs were down 0.1 percent in September but were 2.2 percent higher than last year. The slight drop from August was due to a 0.3 percent decline in shelter costs. The residential fuel and utilities index was up 0.1 percent during the month, while household furnishings and operation costs rose 0.7 percent.
 Apparel and upkeep costs were down 0.2 percent from August and 3.3 percent below September 1991 levels. The decline was due chiefly to lower price tags on women's and girls' clothing which were down 3.1 percent for the month and 9.6 percent for the year. Men's and boys' clothing costs averaged 2.6 percent higher than August levels, while footwear prices rose 1.1 percent for the month.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 Los Angeles-Anaheim-Riverside, Calif.
 (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Sept. 1992
 from:
 Aug. Sept. Sept. Aug.
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 146.9 147.4 3.4 0.3
 All items (1967 equals 100) 434.1 435.5 -- --
 Food and beverages 141.0 142.2 4.9 0.9
 Food 139.0 140.2 4.9 0.9
 Food at home 140.7 142.6 6.9 1.4
 Cereals and bakery products 157.3 156.8 6.6 -0.3
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 133.5 135.2 4.4 1.3
 Meats, poultry, and fish 131.7 132.4 4.3 0.5
 Dairy products 142.2 141.7 6.6 -0.4
 Fruits and vegetables 152.1 161.6 15.8 6.2
 Other food at home 132.8 131.9 3.4 -0.7
 Food away from home 137.0 137.3 1.9 0.2
 Alcoholic beverages 160.0 160.4 4.5 0.3
 Housing 149.3 149.2 2.2 -0.1
 Shelter 159.3 158.8 2.3 -0.3
 Renters' costs 1A 168.2 167.9 1.3 -0.2
 Rent, residential 155.7 155.6 0.6 -0.1
 Other renters' costs 193.2 191.9 4.2 -0.7
 Homeowners' costs 1A 168.4 167.7 2.7 -0.4
 Owners' equivalent rent 1A 168.4 167.8 2.8 -0.4
 Fuel and other utilities 138.7 138.9 1.3 0.1
 Fuels 139.1 139.2 -2.2 0.1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 120.9 125.5 -10.4 3.8
 Fuel oil NA NA -- --
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2A 121.1 125.8 -10.4 3.9
 Gas (piped) and electricity 139.4 139.4 -2.2 0.0
 Electricity 157.3 157.4 4.0 0.1
 Utility (piped) gas 122.2 122.2 -13.9 0.0
 Household furnishings and operation 120.8 121.7 2.5 0.7
 Apparel and upkeep 132.0 131.8 -3.3 -0.2
 Apparel commodities 128.8 128.6 -4.0 -0.2
 Men's and boys' apparel 136.0 139.5 -1.3 2.6
 Women's and girls' apparel 121.0 117.2 -9.6 -3.1
 Footwear 112.9 114.1 9.2 1.1
 Transportation 133.8 134.5 6.4 0.5
 Private transportation 131.7 131.5 5.9 -0.2
 Motor fuel 111.1 110.5 14.7 -0.5
 Gasoline 111.5 111.0 16.0 -0.4
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 110.3 109.9 15.8 -0.4
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 112.5 111.7 14.7 -0.7
 Public transportation 168.2 177.9 11.0 5.8
 Medical care 193.9 194.6 7.9 0.4
 Entertainment 133.2 134.0 -3.2 0.6
 Other goods and services 195.8 199.3 6.6 1.8
 Personal care 159.1 154.5 5.4 -2.9
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 150.2 150.7 3.1 0.3
 Energy 120.1 119.7 6.7 -0.3
 1A Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 2A Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 10/15/92
 /CONTACT: Faith Heinemann, 213-252-7518, or Jim Wurth, 213-252-7517, of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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