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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.2 PERCENT IN MAY

 SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.2 PERCENT IN MAY
 SAN FRANCISCO, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Overall prices for goods and


services purchased by consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased 0.2 percent in May, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi. He said that three of the seven major expenditure categories rose in May, three declined, and the food and beverages category remained unchanged. Bay Area prices had decreased 0.2 percent in April and advanced 0.6 percent in March. 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 141.9 in May (1982-84-100), 4.2 percent over May 1991 levels. Local prices had advanced 3.6 percent and 4.1 percent in the years ending May 1990 and May 1991 respectively. So far this year, prices have increased 1.5 percent, compared to 0.8 percent in the first five months of 1991.
 Transportation costs advanced 1.3 percent and accounted for the bulk of the increase in Bay Area index last month. A 5.9 percent increase in gasoline prices more than offset a 2.2 percent decline in the public transportation component, which includes airline fares. When compared to May 1991, gasoline prices advanced 6.1 percent, the public transportation component rose 0.1 percent, and the overall transportation index increased 2.8 percent.
 Local housing costs edged up by only 0.1 percent in May despite a 16.6 percent jump in utility (piped) gas prices. The increase in natural gas prices reflected a change in the "baseline" allowances which are adjusted for the summer and fall months. When compared to year-ago levels, however, household gas prices were up a more modest 3.7 percent. Shelter costs rose 0.1 percent last month, the cost of household furnishings and operation fell 1.8 percent, and the fuel and other utilities index rose 1.7 percent. Overall housing costs in the Bay Area rose 3.4 percent from May 1991 to May 1992.
 The volatile apparel and upkeep category increased 1.5 percent last month as men's and boys' apparel prices rose 1.1 percent, price tags for women's and girls' apparel advanced 2.2 percent, and footwear costs rose 0.3 percent. The local apparel and upkeep index had declined 1.7 percent in April and was up 9.0 percent when compared to May 1991.
 The food and beverages category was unchanged as a 0.7 percent drop in grocery prices (food at home) offset a 2.9 percent increase in prices for alcoholic beverages. The cost of restaurant meals and snacks also remained unchanged. Within the food at home index, prices for fruits and vegetables fell 3.5 and were down 5.1 percent when compared to May 1991 levels. There was also a 1.1 percent decline in the meats, poultry, fish, and eggs index last month. Rising in May were local prices for miscellaneous grocery items, 1.2 percent, cereals and bakery products, 0.6 percent, and dairy products, 0.4 percent. In the past year, food and beverage prices rose 2.1 percent in the Bay Area.
 The cost of medical care fell 0.1 percent locally last month but this index was still up 9.6 percent over the past 12 months. The cost of entertainment fell 1.3 percent in May and this index was 4.2 percent above May 1991 levels. A 1.4 percent decline in the cost of personal care led to a 0.3 percent decrease in the cost of goods and services. Despite the decline last month, the local cost of goods and services advanced 12 percent from May 1991 to May 1992.
 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 May 1992
 from:
 Apr. May May Apr.
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items .......................... 141.6 141.9 4.2 0.2
 Food and beverages ............... 142.8 142.8 2.1 .0
 Food ........................... 141.9 141.3 1.2 -.4
 Food at home ................. 142.9 141.9 .2 -.7
 Food away from home .......... 141.3 141.3 2.5 .0
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 150.3 154.6 9.3 2.9
 Housing .......................... 145.5 145.6 3.4 .1
 Shelter ........................ 156.6 156.7 3.6 .1
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 137.7 140.0 4.2 1.7
 Household furnishings and
 operation ..................... 113.9 111.8 .6 -1.8
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 119.5 121.3 9.0 1.5
 Transportation .................. 117.6 119.1 2.8 1.3
 Private transportation ......... 114.9 117.2 3.3 2.0
 Motor fuel ................... 98.6 104.3 6.0 5.8
 Public transportation .......... 144.1 141.0 .1 -2.2
 Medical care ..................... 185.3 185.2 9.6 -.1
 Entertainment .................... 157.5 155.4 4.2 -1.3
 Other goods and services ......... 192.5 192.0 12.0 -.3
 Personal care .................. 156.4 154.2 -.5 -1.4
 Special indexes
 All items less energy .............. 145.0 144.8 4.2 -.1
 Energy ............................. 116.2 123.1 4.0 5.9
 -0- 6/12/92
 /CONTACT: Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163; or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7132, both of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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