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LOS ANGELES AREA CONSUMER PRICES UP 0.5 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- After seven months of relative price stability, prices paid for goods and services purchased in the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties) rose 0.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sam Hirabayashi, the Bureau's regional commissioner, said that about one-fourth of the over-all increase was due to higher priced motor fuels. A 4.3 cents per gallon federal tax on gasoline became effective October 1. Also contributing to October's rise were grocery prices, shelter costs, and private transportation costs other than motor fuel.
 The increase brought the All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to 150.9 (1982-84=100), 1.7 percent above the October 1992 level. It was the smallest 12-month gain in over a decade. Since the first of the year, prices in the Los Angeles area have risen 1.8 percent, less than half the 3.7 percent reported for the first 10 months of 1992. (Local area price indexes are not seasonally adjusted.)
 Transportation costs were up 1.1 percent for the month and 2.0 percent for the year. The private transportation index rose 1.7 percent due in part to a 3.8 percent jump in the cost of motor fuels. Also contributing to October's increase were higher automobile insurance rates. The public transportation index, which includes air fares, dropped 3.4 percent from its September level but was up 10.2 percent for the year.
 The cost of food and beverages rose 0.8 percent in October to a level 2.5 percent above a year ago. The cost of food consumed at home was up 1.0 percent during the month with most categories of grocery spending priced higher. The cost of eating out averaged unchanged from September, while prices paid for alcoholic beverages increased 1.8 percent.
 The housing index increased 0.3 percent during the month to a level that was only 0.5 percent above October 1992. Shelter costs were up 0.3 percent from September with higher prices noted for both renters and homeowners. The fuel and other utilities sub-index also rose 0.3 percent during the month with higher charges reported for electricity and telephone services. Household furnishings and operation costs were up 0.2 percent.
 Medical care costs advanced 1.2 percent in October and were 7.3 percent higher than a year ago. Entertainment costs were up 1.3 percent for the month and 2.3 percent for the year. The miscellaneous other goods and services index averaged unchanged from September but was up 4.4 percent over the year.
 Apparel and upkeep costs dropped 2.2 percent during the month and were 2.0 percent below October 1992 levels. Price tags on all clothing categories were reported lower: Men's and boys', down 3.0 percent; women's and girls', down 2.0 percent; and footwear, down 2.7 percent.
 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 Oct. 1993
 from:
 Sept. Oct. Oct. Sept.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 150.2 150.9 1.7 0.5
 All items (1967=100) 443.8 445.8 - -
 Food and beverages 145.1 146.2 2.5 .8
 Food 143.1 144.0 2.4 .6
 Food at home 145.8 147.2 2.8 1.0
 Cereals and bakery products 162.4 164.2 4.9 1.1
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 142.9 144.2 5.6 .9
 Meats, poultry, and fish 141.1 142.3 6.0 .9
 Dairy products 143.8 142.8 1.1 -.7
 Fruits and vegetables 158.3 161.7 .3 2.1
 Other food at home 133.9 135.4 1.5 1.1
 Food away from home 139.7 139.7 1.7 .0
 Alcoholic beverages 164.1 167.1 3.1 1.8
 Housing 149.8 150.2 .5 .3
 Shelter 158.9 159.4 .1 .3
 Renters' costs 1/ 168.2 168.7 .8 .3
 Rent, residential 155.7 155.8 -.1 .1
 Other renters' costs 193.6 195.8 4.4 1.1
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 167.8 168.4 -.2 .4
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 167.8 168.4 -.3 .4
 Fuel and other utilities 142.5 142.9 2.6 .3
 Fuels 145.1 145.3 3.9 .1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 114.9 114.9 -8.7 .0
 Fuel oil NA NA - -
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 115.0 115.0 -8.7 .0
 Gas (piped) and electricity 145.5 145.7 4.0 .1
 Electricity 158.9 159.3 .5 .3
 Utility (piped) gas 137.3 137.3 12.4 .0
 Household furnishings and operation 122.1 122.3 .6 .2
 Apparel and upkeep 134.9 131.9 -2.0 -2.2
 Apparel commodities 131.8 128.5 -2.4 -2.5
 Men's and boys' apparel 131.2 127.3 -8.9 -3.0
 Women's and girls' apparel 127.9 125.3 2.0 -2.0
 Footwear 118.6 115.4 -.9 -2.7
 Transportation 136.7 138.2 2.0 1.1
 Private transportation 131.3 133.5 .9 1.7
 Motor fuel 103.9 107.9 -2.6 3.8
 Gasoline 103.6 107.2 -3.7 3.5
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 100.7 104.3 -5.2 3.6
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 107.6 110.3 -2.0 2.5
 Public transportation 205.9 199.0 10.2 -3.4
 Medical care 208.8 211.3 7.3 1.2
 Entertainment 136.0 137.7 2.3 1.3
 Other goods and services 213.2 213.3 4.4 .0
 Personal care 154.1 157.0 1.7 1.9
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 154.0 154.5 1.8 .3
 Energy 117.9 120.4 .2 2.1
 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- 11/10/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Wurth, 213-252-7517, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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