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LOS ANGELES AREA PRICES UP 0.1 PERCENT IN JULY

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Price paid for goods and services purchased by consumers in the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties) rose a slight 0.1 percent in July, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Sam Hirabayashi, the Bureau's regional commissioner, said that lower shelter costs and declining prices for fruits and vegetables, gasoline and women's and girls' apparel helped to offset price gains in other categories of consumer spending.  The increase brought the All Items, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to 149.8 (1982-84 100), 2.1 percent above the July 1992 level.  The 12-month rise was the smallest reported for the Los Angeles area since December 1986.  Since the first of the year, local area prices have risen 1.1 percent, less than half the 2.5 percent recorded during the first seven months of 1992.  Local area indexes are not seasonally adjusted.
    Housing costs increased 0.1 percent in July to a level 1.1 percent above last year. A 0.1 percent drop in shelter costs partially offset a 0.7 percent hike in household furnishings and operation costs.  The index for residential fuels and utilities remained at its June level.
    Transportation costs were up 0.4 percent in July and were 1.7 percent higher than a year ago.  The over-the-month gain came as a result of higher air fares which led to 5.4 percent surge in public transportation costs.  The private transportation index decreased 0.2 percent with gasoline prices noted 1.3 percent lower for the month.
    Medical care costs edged up 0.1 percent from June and were 7.1 percent above July 1992 levels.  Entertainment costs were 0.7 percent higher than the prior month but only 0.3 percent above a year ago.  A 1.7 percent rise in the price of personal care items contributed to a 0.7 percent increase in the miscellaneous other goods and services index.  This sub-index was 8.5 percent higher than last year.
    The cost of food and beverages dropped 0.4 percent during the month to a level 3.0 percent higher than in July 1992.  Grocery prices dipped 0.8 percent from June due largely to a 5.0 percent plunge in the cost of fruits and vegetables.  Alcoholic beverages were priced 0.2 percent higher over the month, while the cost of eating out was unchanged.
    Apparel and upkeep costs declined 0.3 percent in July and were down 2.6 percent from a year ago.  Price tags on footwear and women's and girls' apparel were lower during the month, down 2.3 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively.  The cost of men's and boys' clothing were up 0.1 percent from last month's levels.
    Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes and percent
    changes for selected periods
    (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
    Los Angeles-Anaheim-Riverside, Calif. (1982-84 100, unless
    otherwise noted)
                                                      Percent changes
                                               Indexes   to July 1993
                                                              from:
                                              June   July  July  June
                                              1993   1993  1992  1993
            Expenditure category
    All items                                149.7  149.8   2.1   0.1
    All items (1967 100)                     442.3  442.6   ---   ---
      Food and beverages                     144.9  144.3   3.0   -.4
        Food                                 142.7  142.0   3.0   -.5
          Food at home                       145.1  143.9   3.7   -.8
            Cereals and bakery products      162.4  162.6   4.3    .1
            Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs   141.5  142.1   7.2    .4
              Meats, poultry, and fish       139.8  140.3   7.6    .4
            Dairy products                   144.8  144.4   1.4   -.3
            Fruits and vegetables            157.3  149.4   2.9  -5.0
            Other food at home               133.1  133.3   1.2    .2
          Food away from home                139.7  139.7   2.0    .0
        Alcoholic beverages                  165.5  165.8   2.7    .2
      Housing                                150.6  150.7   1.1    .1
        Shelter                              160.5  160.4   1.2   -.1
          Renters' costs A/                  167.4  168.7    .5    .8
            Rent, residential                156.3  156.1    .2   -.1
            Other renters' costs             186.0  194.5   1.7   4.6
          Homeowners' costs A/               170.7  169.8   1.6   -.5
            Owners' equivalent rent A/       170.8  169.9   1.6   -.5
        Fuel and other utilities             141.9  141.9   2.5    .0
          Fuels                              145.3  145.2   4.4   -.1
            Fuel oil and other household
                fuel commodities             123.7  123.7    .7    .0
              Fuel oil                        NA     NA     ---   ---
              Other household fuel
                  commodities B/             123.9  123.9    .6    .0
            Gas (piped) and electricity      145.6  145.5   4.5   -.1
              Electricity                    159.0  158.9   1.1   -.1
              Utility (piped) gas            137.3  137.4  12.4    .1
        Household furnishings and operation  121.1  122.0   -.2    .7
      Apparel and upkeep                     127.8  127.4  -2.6   -.3
        Apparel commodities                  124.1  123.6  -3.1   -.4
          Men's and boys' apparel            127.7  127.8  -7.3    .1
          Women's and girls' apparel         116.2  114.0  -2.7  -1.9
          Footwear                           110.1  107.6   -.6  -2.3
      Transportation                         136.4  136.9   1.7   0.4
        Private transportation               132.1  131.8    .4   -.2
          Motor fuel                         107.2  105.9  -5.2  -1.2
            Gasoline                         107.2  105.8  -5.7  -1.3
              Gasoline, leaded regular        NA     NA     ---   ---
              Gasoline, unleaded regular     104.7  103.4  -6.9  -1.2
              Gasoline, unleaded premium     110.7  109.3  -3.2  -1.3
        Public transportation                192.7  203.2  12.2   5.4
      Medical care                           207.0  207.3   7.1    .1
      Entertainment                          133.0  133.9    .3    .7
      Other goods and services               211.0  212.4   8.5    .7
        Personal care                        155.8  158.5   2.1   1.7
             Special indexes
    All items less energy                    153.2  153.4   2.3    .1
    Energy                                   120.0  119.2  -1.0   -.7
       A/     Indexes on a December 1982 100 base.
       B/     Indexes on a December 1986 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 ST:  CA


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