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PORTLAND PRICES ROSE 2.7 PERCENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1992 -- 4.5 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO

 PORTLAND PRICES ROSE 2.7 PERCENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1992 --
 4.5 PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area rose 2.7 percent in the first 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 higher than the 2.3 percent rise in the first half of 1991 and the 1.7 percent advance in the second half of 1991. Hirabayashi said that all seven major expenditure categories rose in the first half of the year, with housing accounting for over half of the overall 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 138.8 (1982-84-100) for the first half of 1992, up 4.5 percent since the first half of 1991. This compares to increases of 6.3 percent for the year ending the first half of 1991, and 4.1 percent for the year ending the second half of 1991.
 Housing costs rose 3.5 percent in the first half of 1992 as both the shelter and the fuels and other utilities indexes advanced 3.6 percent, and the cost of household furnishings and operation increased 3.4 percent. When compared to the first half of 1991, shelter costs were up 8.5 percent, the fuels and other utilities component rose 6.4 percent, the household furnishings and operation index advanced 2.9 percent, and the overall housing category increased 7.3 percent.
 The cost of food and beverages for Portland area consumers edged up 0.5 percent over the year after increasing 1.7 percent in the first half of 1992. In the first half of this year, there were increases of 1.8 percent in grocery prices (food at home), 0.8 percent in the cost of eating out, and 1.9 percent in prices for alcoholic beverages. Within the food at home component, prices for fruits and vegetables rose 5.0 percent in the first half of 1992, but were down 5.6 percent when compared to the first half of 1991. Also rising in the latest six-month period were prices for cereals and bakery products, 0.6 percent, dairy products, 4.4 percent, and miscellaneous grocery items, 3.3 percent. The meats, poultry, fish, and eggs index fell 2.5 percent and was down 4.4 percent below the levels in the first half of 1991.
 The cost of apparel and upkeep in the Portland area rose 2.4 percent despite a drop of 10.6 percent in prices for footwear. Price tags for men's and boys' apparel also declined, by 0.2 percent, but the index for women's and girls' apparel advanced 7.3 percent in the first half of 1992. When compared to levels in the first half of 1991, footwear costs were down 11.9 percent, men's and boys' apparel prices declined 3.9 percent, women's and girls' apparel prices rose 7.4 percent, and the overall apparel and upkeep index rose a moderate 0.9 percent.
 The transportation category rose 1.2 percent as gasoline prices increased 2.9 percent and the cost of public transportation, which include airline fares, decreased 0.5 percent. When compared to year- ago levels, the public transportation index was down 3.6 percent, gasoline prices were up 2.0 percent, and the overall cost of transportation rose 1.3 percent.
 The cost of medical care rose 3.6 percent in the first half of 1992 and this index was 6.7 percent above a year ago. The entertainment index rose 3.7 percent and increased 5.3 percent between the first half of 1991 and the first half of 1992. A 4.7 percent rise in the cost of personal care in the first half of 1992 helped push up the other goods and services index 2.5 percent.
 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. (1982-84-100, unless otherwise
 noted)
 Percent change
 Semiannual to 1st half
 average index 1992 from-
 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
 half half half half
 1991 1992 1991 1991
 Expenditure category
 All items ............................. 135.1 138.8 4.5 2.7
 All items (1967-100) .................. 395.7 406.4 - -
 Food and beverages .................. 129.9 132.1 .5 1.7
 Food .............................. 129.2 131.3 .1 1.6
 Food at home .................... 124.4 126.7 -1.2 1.8
 Cereals and bakery products ... 153.4 154.3 1.1 .6
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 119.2 116.2 -4.4 -2.5
 Meats, poultry, and fish .... 120.3 118.0 -3.6 -1.9
 Dairy products ................ 113.9 118.9 5.0 4.4
 Fruits and vegetables ......... 144.8 152.0 -5.6 5.0
 Other food at home ............ 111.8 115.5 1.1 3.3
 Food away from home ............. 137.1 138.2 1.2 .8
 Alcoholic beverages ............... 138.3 140.9 5.5 1.9
 Housing ............................. 132.7 137.4 7.3 3.5
 Shelter ........................... 147.0 152.3 8.5 3.6
 Renters' costs 1/................ 149.7 155.4 6.7 3.8
 Rent, residential ............. 141.8 146.0 5.6 3.0
 Other renters' costs .......... 173.5 184.6 10.1 6.4
 Homeowners' costs 1/............. 152.7 157.8 8.9 3.3
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/..... 153.1 158.3 9.1 3.4
 Fuel and other utilities .......... 109.3 113.2 6.4 3.6
 Fuels ........................... 93.6 93.4 -.1 -.2
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities .......... 89.2 82.4 -12.7 -7.6
 Fuel oil .................... 88.6 81.8 -12.8 -7.7
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/........... NA NA - -
 Gas (piped) and epiped) gas ......... 87.4 85.8 -2.4 -1.8
 Household furnishings and operation 108.3 112.0 2.9 3.4
 Apparel and upkeep .................. 121.4 124.3 .9 2.4
 Apparel commodities ............... 120.6 123.4 .9 2.3
 Men's and boys' apparel ......... 128.4 128.1 -3.9 -.2
 Women's and girls' apparel ...... 104.8 112.5 7.4 7.3
 Footwear ........................ 109.7 98.1 -11.9 -10.6
 Transportation ..................... 130.1 131.7 1.3 1.2
 Private transportation ............ 128.1 129.8 1.8 1.3
 Motor fuel ...................... 102.8 105.5 1.4 2.6
 Gasoline ...................... 102.9 105.9 2.0 2.9
 Gasoline, leaded regular .... NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular .. 100.9 103.8 2.0 2.9
 Gasoline, unleaded premium .. 101.7 104.4 2.5 2.7
 Public transportation ............. 158.7 157.9 -3.6 -.5
 Medical care ........................ 168.4 174.5 6.7 3.6
 Entertainment ....................... 133.6 138.5 5.3 3.7
 Other goods and services ............ 175.4 179.8 6.4 2.5
 Personal care ..................... 136.2 142.6 3.9 4.7
 Special indexes
 All items less energy ................. 140.0 144.0 4.8 2.9
 Energy ................................ 96.9 98.1 .7 1.2
 1/ Indexes on a November 1982-100 base.
 2/ Indexes on a November 1986-100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 - Data not available.
 -0- 8/13/92
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Laboar Statistics ST: Oregon IN: SU:


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