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PORTLAND AREA PRICES ROSE 1.9 PERCENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1993 -- 3.5 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO

 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area increased 1.9 percent in the first half of 1993, according to Sam Hirabayashi, Regional Commissioner of the U.S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 He said five of the seven major expenditure categories rose in the first half of the year, with declines recorded in the indexes for apparel and upkeep and transportation. Hirabayashi noted that the housing, food and beverages, and other goods and services categories accounted for the bulk of the overall increase in area prices in the first half of the year. Consumer price index data for local areas are not seasonally adjusted.
 The semiannual All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Portland-Vancouver consolidated metropolitan area reached 143.6 (1982-84 equals 100) in the first half of 1993, up 3.5 percent since the first half of 1992. This was the smallest over- the-year increase in the Portland area since the 3.4 percent advance in the year ending the first half of 1988.
 Increases of 2.3 percent in grocery prices, 2.8 percent in the cost of alcoholic beverages, and 0.6 percent in the cost of eating out led to a 1.9 percent increase in the food and beverages category in the first half of 1993.


All categories of spending rose within the grocery (food at home) component, ranging from a 0.1 percent increase in the index for meats, poultry, and fish, to a rise of 4.5 percent in prices for fruits and vegetables. Prices for food and beverages rose 1.3 percent from the first half of 1992 to the first half of 1993.
 The cost of housing in the Portland area also rose 1.9 percent in the first half of 1993 as there were increases of 1.8 percent in the index for shelter, 1.3 percent in the fuel and other utilities component, and 2.7 percent in the cost of household furnishings and operation. When compared to the level in the first half of 1992, local housing costs advanced 3.1 percent.
 Declines of 5.4 percent in prices for gasoline, and 1.4 percent in the index for public transportation, led to a decrease of 0.7 percent in the overall transportation category in the latest six-month period. When compared to year-ago levels, there were increases of 0.8 percent in gasoline prices, 4.0 percent in the index for public transportation, which includes airline fares, and 2.9 percent in the overall cost of transportation.
 The apparel and upkeep category fell 0.4 percent as a decrease of 2.3 percent in price tags for women's and girls' apparel and 0.2 percent in the cost of footwear overcame a 6.0 percent rise in the index for men's and boys' apparel. When compared to year-ago levels, the index for apparel and upkeep rose a moderate 0.4 percent.
 The cost of medical care rose 5.9 percent over-the-year after rising 3.7 percent in the latest six-month period. The local cost of entertainment also rose 3.7 percent in the first half of 1993 and was up 5.8 percent over-the-year. A rise of 7.3 percent in the cost of miscellaneous goods and services meant that his index was 11.8 percent above year-ago levels.<
 CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR ALL URBAN CONSUMERS: INDEXES FOR
 SEMIANNUAL AVERAGES AND PERCENT CHANGES FOR SELECTED PERIODS
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted
 Portland-Vancouver, Ore.-Wash.
 (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Pct. change
 Semiannual to 1st half
 average index 1993 from
 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
 half half half half
 Expenditure category 1992 1993 1992 1992
 All items 140.9 143.6 3.5 1.9
 All items (1967 equals 100) 412.5 420.3 --- ---
 Food and beverages 131.3 133.8 1.3 1.9
 Food 130.4 132.7 1.1 1.8
 Food at home 124.8 127.7 .8 2.3
 Cereals and bakery products 158.2 161.0 4.3 1.8
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 115.3 116.0 -.2 .6
 Meats, poultry, and fish 117.3 117.4 -.5 .1
 Dairy products 116.0 120.2 1.1 3.6
 Fruits and vegetables 145.6 152.2 .1 4.5
 Other food at home 113.1 115.3 -.2 1.9
 Food away from home 139.8 140.6 1.7 .6
 Alcoholic beverages 141.3 145.3 3.1 2.8
 Housing 139.0 141.6 3.1 1.9
 Shelter 153.5 156.2 2.6 1.8
 Renters' costs (A) 155.7 157.5 1.4 1.2
 Rent, residential 147.8 150.8 3.3 2.0
 Other renters' costs 179.2 176.4 -4.4 -1.6
 Homeowners' costs (A) 160.0 163.4 3.5 2.1
 Owners' equivalent rent (A) 160.4 163.8 3.5 2.1
 Fuel and other utilities 115.5 117.0 3.4 1.3
 Fuels 94.2 95.4 2.1 1.3
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 87.8 91.0 10.4 3.6
 Fuel oil 87.2 90.3 10.4 3.6
 Other household fuel
 commodities (B) NA NA --- ---
 Gas (piped) and electricity 117.1 118.2 1.2 .9
 Electricity 129.7 130.2 .7 .4
 Utility (piped) gas 86.0 88.9 3.6 3.4
 Household furnishings and operation 114.4 117.5 4.9 2.7
 Apparel and upkeep 125.3 124.8 .4 -.4
 Apparel commodities 124.5 123.8 .3 -.6
 Men's and boys' apparel 127.4 135.1 5.5 6.0
 Women's and girls' apparel 111.3 108.7 -3.4 -2.3
 Footwear 105.6 105.4 7.4 -.2
 Transportation 136.4 135.5 2.9 -0.7
 Private transportation 134.1 133.4 2.8 -.5
 Motor fuel 112.4 106.7 1.1 -5.1
 Gasoline 112.9 106.8 .8 -5.4
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA --- ---
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 110.8 104.4 .6 -5.8
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 110.8 106.1 1.6 -4.2
 Public transportation 166.5 164.2 4.0 -1.4
 Medical care 178.2 184.8 5.9 3.7
 Entertainment 141.4 146.6 5.8 3.7
 Other goods and services 187.5 201.1 11.8 7.3
 Personal care 159.0 161.6 13.3 1.6
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 145.9 149.1 3.5 2.2
 Energy 101.8 99.6 1.5 -2.2
 (A) Indexes on a November 1982 equals 100 base.<
 (B) Indexes on a November 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA Data not adequate for publication.
 --- Data not available.
 -0- 08/13/93
 CONTACT: Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics CO: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS IN: HOU SU: ECO ST: OR,WA


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