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PORTLAND PRICES ROSE 1.5 PERCENT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1992; 4.3 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area increased 1.5 percent in the second half of 1992, according to Sam Hirabayashi, Regional Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest increase in area prices was below the 1.7 percent rise in the second half of 1991 and the 2.7 percent increase in the first half of 1992. Mr. Hirabayashi noted that six of the seven major expenditure categories rose in the second half of the year, with the housing and transportation categories accounting for over two-thirds of the overall area increase. Consumer price index data for local areas are not seasonally adjusted.
 The semiannual All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Portland-Vancouver consolidated metropolitan area reached 140.9 (1982-84 equals 100) for the second half of 1992, up 4.3 percent since the second half of 1991. This compares to increases of 4.1 percent for the year ending the second half of 1991 and 4.5 percent for the year ending the first half of 1992.
 Transportation costs rose 3.6 percent in the second half of 1992 as gasoline prices advanced 6.6 percent, and the public transportation index, which includes airline fares, rose 5.4 percent. When compared to year-ago levels, the public transportation index increased 4.9 percent, the cost of gasoline rose 9.7 percent, and the overall transportation category advanced 4.8 percent.
 Housing costs rose 1.2 percent in the second half of 1992 as the index for shelter increased 0.8 percent, the fuel and other utilities component advanced 2.0 percent, and the cost of household furnishings and operation rose 2.1 percent. When compared to the second half of 1991, there were increases of 4.4 percent in shelter costs, 5.7 percent in the index for fuel and other utilities, and 5.6 percent in the cost of household furnishings and operation. The overall housing index rose 4.7 percent over-the-year.
 Prices for food and beverages in the Portland area fell 0.6 percent in the second half of 1992, after rising 1.7 percent in the first half of the year. Grocery (food at home) prices declined 1.5 percent in the latest six-month period as there were declines of 4.2 percent in prices for fruits and vegetables, 2.4 percent in the index for dairy products, 2.1 percent in the cost of miscellaneous grocery items, and 0.8 percent in the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs. The only grocery component rising in the second half of 1992 was the index for cereals and bakery products, up 2.5 percent. Alsoincreasing in the latest period were the cost of alcoholic beverages, up 0.3 percent, and the index for food away from home, which advanced 1.2 percent. The overall cost of food and beverages in the Portland area rose a moderate 1.1 percent over-the-year.
 The apparel and upkeep category rose 0.8 percent in the second half of 1992 as declines of 0.5 percent in price tags for men's and boys' apparel and 1.1 percent for women's and girls' apparel almost offset a 7.6 percent advance in the cost of footwear. Local footwear prices had fallen 10.6 percent in the first half of 1992 and were down 3.7 percent over-the-year. The overall apparel and upkeep index was up 3.2 percent in the past year.
 The cost of medical care rose 5.8 percent over-the-year after increasing 2.1 percent in the latest six-month period. The local cost of entertainment also rose 2.1 percent in the second half of 1992 and this index also rose 5.8 percent in the past year. The other goods and services category rose 4.3 percent in the second half of 1992 as the cost of personal care, which includes educational expenses, rose 11.5 percent. The personal care index in the Portland area rose 16.7 percent when compared to the second half of 1991.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Indexes for annual
 and semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 Portland-Vancouver, Ore.-Wash.
 (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent change
 Semiannual to 2nd half
 average index 1992 from-
 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
 half half half half
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 138.8 140.9 4.3 1.5
 All items (1967 equals 100) 406.4 412.5 -- --
 Food and beverages 132.1 131.3 1.1 -.6
 Food 131.3 130.4 .9 -.7
 Food at home 126.7 124.8 .3 -1.5
 Cereals and bakery products 154.3 158.2 3.1 2.5
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 116.2 115.3 -3.3 -.8
 Meats, poultry, and fish 118.0 117.3 -2.5 -.6
 Dairy products 118.9 116.0 1.8 -2.4
 Fruits and vegetables 152.0 145.6 .6 -4.2
 Other food at home 115.5 113.1 1.2 -2.1
 Food away from home 138.2 139.8 2.0 1.2
 Alcoholic beverages 140.9 141.3 2.2 .3
 Housing 137.4 139.0 4.7 1.2
 Shelter 152.3 153.5 4.4 .8
 Renters' costs 1/ 155.4 155.7 4.0 .2
 Rent, residential 146.0 147.8 4.2 1.2
 Other renters' costs 184.6 179.2 3.3 -2.9
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 157.8 160.0 4.8 1.4
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 158.3 160.4 4.8 1.3
 Fuel and other utilities 113.2 115.5 5.7 2.0
 Fuels 93.4 94.2 .6 .9
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 82.4 87.8 -1.6 6.6
 Fuel oil 81.8 87.2 -1.6 6.6
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ NA NA -- --
 Gas (piped) and electricity 116.8 117.1 .9 .3
 Electricity 129.3 129.7 1.5 .3
 Utility (piped) gas 85.8 86.0 -1.6 .2
 Household furnishings and operation 112.0 114.4 5.6 2.1
 Apparel and upkeep 124.3 125.3 3.2 .8
 Apparel commodities 123.4 124.5 3.2 .9
 Men's and boys' apparel 128.1 127.4 -.8 -.5
 Women's and girls' apparel 112.5 111.3 6.2 -1.1
 Footwear 98.1 105.6 -3.7 7.6
 Transportation 131.7 136.4 4.8 3.6
 Private transportation 129.8 134.1 4.7 3.3
 Motor fuel 105.5 112.4 9.3 6.5
 Gasoline 105.9 112.9 9.7 6.6
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 103.8 110.8 9.8 6.7
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 104.4 110.8 8.9 6.1
 Public transportation 157.9 166.5 4.9 5.4
 Medical care 174.5 178.2 5.8 2.1
 Entertainment 138.5 141.4 5.8 2.1
 Other goods and services 179.8 187.5 6.9 4.3
 Personal care 142.6 159.0 16.7 11.5
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 144.0 145.9 4.2 1.3
 Energy 98.1 101.8 5.1 3.8
 1/ Indexes on a November 1982 equals 100 base.
 2/ Indexes on a November 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 2/18/93
 /CONTACT: Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7132, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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