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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.2 PERCENT IN JULY

 SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.2 PERCENT IN JULY
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Overall prices for goods and


services purchased by consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased by 0.2 percent in July, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said the July increase continued the recent moderate rate of advance in the 10-county Bay Area, as prices had increased 0.2 percent in May and were unchanged in June. Consumer price index data for local areas are not seasonally adjusted.
 The Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose to 142.2 in July (1982-84-100), 2.9 percent over July 1991 levels. So far this year, prices have increased 1.7 percent, compared to 2.3 percent in the first seven months of 1991.
 Prices for food and beverages, which were unchanged in May and up 0.1 percent in June, fell 0.4 percent. Grocery prices, down 0.8 percent, accounted for most of the decline. Local prices for fruits and vegetables, which had declined 3.5 percent in May and 2.8 percent in June, fell another 3.2 percent in July. Despite these recent declines, this volatile index was only down 1.9 percent when compared to July 1991 levels.
 The cost of apparel and upkeep fell 2.5 percent in July, following a 2.4 percent decrease in June. Leading the decrease was a 2.8 percent decline in price tags for women's and girls' apparel.
 Housing costs rose 0.5 percent as the shelter index increased 0.2 percent, the fuel and other utilities component edged up 0.1 percent, and the local cost of household furnishings and operation rose 2.7 percent.
 The transportation index rose 1.1 percent due mainly to an increase of 1.9 percent in the cost of gasoline and a jump of 4.7 percent in the public transportation component. The local cost of gasoline, up 6.2 percent since May, was 12.2 percent above July 1991 levels.
 The cost of medical care was up 8.8 percent over-the-year after rising 1.0 percent in July. The entertainment index fell 1.5 percent last month and was up a slight 0.3 percent when compared to July 1991. A 2.1 percent jump in the cost of personal care led to a 0.4 percent increase in the other goods and services category.
 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. (1982-84-100, unless
 otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to July 1992
 from:
 June July July June
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 141.9 142.2 2.9 0.2
 All items (1967-100) 436.4 437.2 - -
 Food and beverages 142.9 142.3 2.2 -.4
 Food 141.5 140.8 1.4 -.5
 Food at home 142.3 141.1 1.7 -.8
 Cereals and bakery products 156.6 156.4 6.9 -.1
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 134.0 132.8 -2.3 -.9
 Meats, poultry, and fish 133.4 131.1 -2.5 -1.7
 Dairy products 133.2 133.6 6.9 .3
 Fruits and vegetables 158.4 153.3 -1.9 -3.2
 Other food at home 136.5 136.8 4.0 .2
 Food away from home 141.4 141.4 1.2 .0
 Alcoholic beverages 153.7 153.9 7.5 .1
 Housing 145.3 146.0 1.5 .5
 Shelter 156.1 156.4 1.3 .2
 Renters' costs 1/ 177.7 177.7 .9 .0
 Rent, residential 159.2 158.7 1.1 -.3
 Other renters' costs 180.8 182.5 .0 .9
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 168.4 169.0 1.5 .4
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 168.9 169.5 1.5 .4
 Fuel and other utilities 142.0 142.1 2.5 .1
 Fuels 153.0 151.6 .9 -.9
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 127.7 128.9 7.8 .9
 Fuel oil NA NA - -
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 145.0 146.4 7.1 1.0
 Gas (piped) and electricity 153.7 152.2 .7 -1.0
 Electricity 174.2 171.6 -.2 -1.5
 Utility (piped) gas 132.7 132.7 2.5 .0
 Household furnishings and operation 111.1 114.1 1.7 2.7
 Apparel and upkeep 118.4 115.4 5.7 -2.5
 Apparel commodities 114.0 110.7 6.4 -2.9
 Men's and boys' apparel 116.8 115.0 6.3 -1.5
 Women's and girls' apparel 95.1 92.4 5.4 -2.8
 Footwear 137.4 135.4 14.6 -1.5
 Transportation 120.1 121.4 3.1 1.1
 Private transportation 118.6 119.1 3.1 .4
 Motor fuel 108.7 110.8 12.1 1.9
 Gasoline 108.6 110.7 12.2 1.9
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 106.1 107.9 11.2 1.7
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 108.7 111.3 12.7 2.4
 Public transportation 139.1 145.6 3.3 4.7
 Medical care 186.7 188.5 8.8 1.0
 Entertainment 157.1 154.8 .3 -1.5
 Other goods and services 192.0 192.7 11.3 .4
 Personal care 154.2 157.5 .3 2.1
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 144.7 144.9 2.8 .1
 Energy 125.5 126.0 6.0 .4
 1/ Indexes on a December 1982-100 base.
 2/ Indexes on a December 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 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor ST: California IN: FIN SU:


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