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PHILADELPHIA PRICES UP A MODERATE 0.1 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER

 PHILADELPHIA PRICES UP A MODERATE 0.1 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER
 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia area consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today.
 Alan M. Paisner, the bureau's regional commissioner, noted that a decline in the housing index helped to moderate the effect of generally small increases in many of the other major categories. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 3.0 percent since last November and was unchanged as an annualized rate over the last three months. (See table.)
 The housing index was lower for the third consecutive month, primarily due to declining shelter costs. Both renters' and homeowners' costs declined in November, renters' costs for the third month in a row.
 Resurgent women's and girls' apparel prices pushed the overall apparel and upkeep index up 4.1 percent since October. Strong increases in apparel prices were noted in August and September, but an earlier than normal decline was observed in October.
 Transportation prices were up in November as both private and public transportation prices were higher. The other goods and services index rose for the fifth consecutive month, up 0.3 percent in November. Over the last year, this index rose 6.2 percent and was the second largest category in contribution to the overall CPI increase.
 Food and beverage prices were up, 0.1 percent, after four months of no increase. Cereals and bakery products led the increase, but sharply lower produce prices reduced the net effect. The medical care index rose for the 21st straight month and the volatile entertainment index dropped for the sixth time in the last 12 months.
 The CPI-U stood at 143.3 on the 1982-84 equals 100 reference base, that means a market basket of goods and services that cost $100 in 1982- 84 would have cost $143.30 in November of this year. The local Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers Index (CPI-W) increased 0.3 percent last month and stood at 143.4 on the 1982-84 base.
 In the other four cities priced monthly by the bureau, prices rose 0.6 percent in New York, 0.4 percent in Los Angeles, 0.1 percent in San Francisco, and were unchanged in Chicago.


PERCENT CHANGE IN CPI FOR ALL URBAN CONSUMERS (CPI-U) IN PHILADELPHIA
 (NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
 Change from preceding Compound Change for
 month to annual rate 12 months
 Expenditure Sept. Oct. Nov. 3 months ended ended
 category 1991 1991 1991 Nov. 1991 Nov. 1991
 All items 0.3 -0.5 0.1 0.0 3.0
 Food & beverages -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.3 2.0
 Housing -0.1 -1.5 -0.5 -8.1 2.8
 Apparel & upkeep 7.3 -3.3 4.1 36.4 6.4
 Transportation 0.2 1.1 1.0 9.3 1.1
 Medical care 0.1 0.9 0.1 4.4 8.1
 Entertainment 0.7 0.4 -0.6 2.0 4.1
 Other goods
 & services 0.4 0.5 0.3 4.8 6.2
 Special index:
 Energy 2.1 -6.9 0.6 -16.6 -7.0
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 /CONTACT: Maureen Greene (information), 215-596-1157, or Alan Paisner (media), 215-596-1151, both of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: Pennsylvania IN: HOU SU: ECO


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