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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.3 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased 0.3 percent in February, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said that five of the seven major expenditure categories rose last month, with food and beverages unchanged, and the transportation index falling 0.6 percent. Hirabayashi added that increases in the entertainment and apparel and services categories accounted for the bulk of the rise in local prices last month. Bay Area prices had advanced 0.6 percent in January and 0.1 percent in December 1992. Local area prices are not seasonally adjusted.
 The 10-county Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose to 145.5 in February (1982-84 equals 100), 3.2 percent above February 1992 levels. Local prices had advanced 5.3 percent and 3.6 percent in the years ending February 1991 and February 1992 respectively.
 The local food and beverages category was unchanged last month as a 1.1 percent increase in prices for alcoholic beverages offset declines of 0.2 percent in grocery prices (food at home) and 0.1 percent in the cost of food away from home. When compared to February 1992 levels, the alcoholic beverages index was down 0.1 percent, the cost of eating out was up 2.4 percent, and the overall food and beverages category rose 2.6 percent.
 The cost of apparel and upkeep advanced 2.2 percent as there were increases of 4.4 percent in prices for women's and girls' apparel, 3.2 percent for footwear, and 1.0 percent in price tags for men's and boys' apparel. Despite last month's advance, the apparel and upkeep category was down 0.4 percent when compared to February 1992.
 Housing costs edged up 0.1 percent in February as increases of 0.1 percent in the shelter component and 0.3 percent in the index for fuel and other utilities offset a decline of 0.2 percent in the cost of household furnishings and operation. The overall housing index rose a moderate 1.6 percent over-the-year.
 The local cost of transportation fell 0.6 percent last month as gasoline prices declined 0.6 percent and the public transportation index, which includes airline fares, decreased 2.5 percent. When compared to year-ago levels, there were increases of 14.8 percent in the public transportation component, 13.4 percent in the cost of gasoline, and 7.0 percent in the overall transportation category.
 The cost of entertainment, which includes sporting goods, jumped 3.5 percent last month, and this index was 2.7 percent above February 1992 levels. The local medical care index was up 7.0 percent over-the-year after rising 0.9 percent in February. A 0.3 percent rise in the cost of personal care contributed to a 0.7 percent increase in the cost of other goods and services.
 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 Feb. 1993
 from:
 Jan. Feb. Feb. Jan.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 145.1 145.5 3.2 0.3
 All items (1967 equals 100) 446.1 447.4 -- --
 Food and beverages 146.6 146.6 2.6 .0
 Food 146.2 146.0 2.9 -.1
 Food at home 148.7 148.4 3.3 -.2
 Cereals and bakery products 160.3 159.8 5.4 -.3
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 138.2 139.3 2.7 .8
 Meats, poultry, and fish 134.8 135.6 1.3 .6
 Dairy products 134.6 134.6 5.1 .0
 Fruits and vegetables 178.4 175.2 2.8 -1.8
 Other food at home 139.1 139.2 2.4 .1
 Food away from home 143.9 143.8 2.4 -.1
 Alcoholic beverages 149.2 150.9 -.1 1.1
 Housing 147.5 147.6 1.6 .1
 Shelter 159.6 159.7 1.9 .1
 Renters' costs (A) 179.9 180.7 .3 .4
 Rent, residential 162.2 162.1 2.1 -.1
 Other renters' costs 178.7 182.5 -5.7 2.1
 Homeowners' costs (A) 173.2 172.9 2.8 -.2
 Owners' equivalent rent (A) 173.7 173.4 2.8 -.2
 Fuel and other utilities 139.0 139.4 1.5 .3
 Fuels 144.6 145.2 .4 .4
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 141.9 141.9 10.8 .0
 Fuel oil 97.5 97.7 -- .2
 Other household fuel
 commodities (B) 163.2 163.2 12.2 .0
 Gas (piped) and electricity 144.8 145.4 .2 .4
 Electricity 179.6 180.6 4.6 .6
 Utility (piped) gas 103.6 103.6 -9.0 .0
 Household furnishings and operation 111.9 111.7 -.6 -.2
 Apparel and upkeep 114.7 117.2 -.4 2.2
 Apparel commodities 110.0 112.7 -.5 2.5
 Men's and boys' apparel 115.5 116.7 -1.8 1.0
 Women's and girls' apparel 91.3 95.3 -5.0 4.4
 Footwear 132.7 136.9 9.3 3.2
 Transportation 125.1 124.3 7.0 -0.6
 Private transportation 121.4 121.1 5.6 -.2
 Motor fuel 112.2 111.6 13.4 -.5
 Gasoline 112.2 111.5 13.4 -.6
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 109.5 108.6 13.6 -.8
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 112.5 112.5 13.5 .0
 Public transportation 159.1 155.2 14.8 -2.5
 Medical care 193.1 194.9 7.0 .9
 Entertainment 155.5 160.9 2.7 3.5
 Other goods and services 205.9 207.3 8.4 .7
 Personal care 154.0 154.4 -.8 .3
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 148.2 148.7 3.0 .3
 Energy 123.8 123.7 6.5 -.1
 (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- 3/17/93
 /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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