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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES FELL 0.5 PERCENT IN JUNE -- UP 3.0 PERCENT SINCE JUNE 1992

 SAN FRANCISCO, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area dropped 0.5 percent in June, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said that six of the seven major expenditure categories declined last month, with the housing, apparel and upkeep, and food and beverages categories accounting for the bulk of the overall decrease in area prices. It was the largest decline in consumer prices in the Bay Area since the 1.2-percent decrease in the bimonthly October to December 1986 period. So far this year, prices in the San Francisco area have advanced 1.2 percent, compared to 1.5 percent in the first six months of 1992. Local area prices are not seasonally adjusted.
 The 10-county Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined to 146.1 in June (1982-84 equals 100), but 3.0 percent above June 1992 levels. Local prices had advanced 4.6 percent and 3.1 percent in the years ending June 1991 and June 1992 respectively.
 Housing costs fell 0.4 percent in June as a decrease of 0.7 percent in the shelter index more than offset increases of 0.6 percent in the cost of fuel and other utilities and 0.4 percent in the index for household furnishings and operation. Within shelter, there were declines of 0.2 percent in renters' costs and 1.0 percent in homeowners' costs. When compared to June 1992 levels, there were increases of 3.1 percent in the cost of shelter, 1.4 percent in the index for fuel and other utilities, and 2.0 percent in the household furnishings and operation component. Overall housing costs in the Bay Area were up 2.8 percent over the year.
 Prices for food and beverages fell 0.7 percent last month as a 1.6-percent drop in grocery prices (food at home) overcame increases of 0.3 percent in the cost of eating out and 0.5 percent in the index for alcoholic beverages. An 8.4-percent decrease in prices for fruits and vegetables was the major contributor to the overall decline in local grocery prices from May to June. All other grocery items rose last month except for the index for miscellaneous grocery items which remained unchanged. When compared to a year ago, local prices for fruits and vegetables were up 2.3 percent, while the overall food and beverages category rose 1.8 percent.
 The cost of apparel and upkeep declined 3.7 percent in June as there were decreases of 7.4 percent in price tags for women's and girls' apparel, 1.9 percent in men's and boys' apparel prices, and 3.3 percent in the cost of footwear. The apparel and upkeep category had also decreased in May, by 2.2 percent, and was down 1.1 percent when compared to June 1992.
 Transportation costs fell 0.2 percent in June as gasoline prices dropped 0.6 percent and the index for public transportation, which includes airline fares, declined 0.1 percent. Local gasoline prices have decreased every month so far this year and were down 1.3 percent when compared to June 1992. The overall transportation category rose 2.5 percent between June 1992 and June 1993.
 Medical care was the only expenditure category to rise last month in the Bay Area. An increase of 0.9 percent in the cost of medical care in June meant that this index was 6.9 percent above June 1992 levels. The local cost of entertainment was up 3.8 percent over-the-year despite falling 0.2 percent in June. The index for other goods and services fell 0.6 percent last month despite an increase of 1.7 percent in the cost of personal care.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif.
 (1982-84 equals 100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to June 1993
 from:
 May June June May
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 146.9 146.1 3.0 -0.5
 All items (1967 equals 100) 451.6 449.2 -- --
 Food and beverages 146.5 145.5 1.8 -.7
 Food 146.3 145.1 2.5 -.8
 Food at home 148.5 146.1 2.7 -1.6
 Cereals and bakery products 159.7 160.3 2.4 .4
 Meats, poultry, fish, and
 eggs 139.5 140.4 4.8 .6
 Meats, poultry, and fish 136.0 136.2 2.1 .1
 Dairy products 133.6 134.6 1.1 .7
 Fruits and vegetables 176.8 162.0 2.3 -8.4
 Other food at home 138.7 138.7 1.6 .0
 Food away from home 144.2 144.7 2.3 .3
 Alcoholic beverages 148.2 149.0 -3.1 .5
 Housing 150.0 149.4 2.8 -.4
 Shelter 162.2 161.0 3.1 -.7
 Renters' costs A/ 182.3 182.0 2.4 -.2
 Rent, residential 164.8 164.2 3.1 -.4
 Other renters' costs 179.4 180.5 -.2 .6
 Homeowners' costs A/ 176.2 174.4 3.6 -1.0
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 176.8 174.9 3.6 -1.1
 Fuel and other utilities 143.1 144.0 1.4 .6
 Fuels 150.5 152.9 -.1 1.6
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 140.7 140.0 9.6 -.5
 Fuel oil 101.5 94.9 - -6.5
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 161.1 161.2 11.2 .1
 Gas (piped) and electricity 150.9 153.3 -.3 1.6
 Electricity 181.7 181.7 4.3 .0
 Utility (piped) gas 115.4 121.4 -8.5 5.2
 Household furnishings and
 operation 112.9 113.3 2.0 .4
 Apparel and upkeep 121.6 117.1 -1.1 -3.7
 Apparel commodities 117.5 112.5 -1.3 -4.3
 Men's and boys' apparel 118.2 115.9 -.8 -1.9
 Women's and girls' apparel 101.1 93.6 -1.6 -7.4
 Footwear 137.5 133.0 -3.2 -3.3
 Transportation 123.4 123.1 2.5 -0.2
 Private transportation 120.6 120.3 1.4 -.2
 Motor fuel 108.5 107.8 -.8 -.6
 Gasoline 107.9 107.2 -1.3 -.6
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 104.9 104.0 -2.0 -.9
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 109.7 109.2 .5 -.5
 Public transportation 151.5 151.3 8.8 -.1
 Medical care 197.8 199.5 6.9 .9
 Entertainment 163.5 163.1 3.8 -.2
 Other goods and services 207.0 205.7 7.1 -.6
 Personal care 154.0 156.6 1.6 1.7
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 150.1 149.2 3.1 -.6
 Energy 124.3 124.9 -.5 .5
 A/ Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 B/ Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA/ Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 7/14/93
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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