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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.3 PERCENT IN OCTOBER -- UP 1.9 PERCENT SINCE OCTOBER 1992

 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased 0.3 percent in October, 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 the transportation and food and beverages categories accounting for the bulk of the overall increase in local prices. Mr. Hirabayashi added that the 1.9 percent over-the-year increase matched the 1.9 percent advance for the year ending September 1993, which was the smallest in the San Francisco area since the 1.0 percent increase for the year ending October 1983. So far this year, Bay Area prices have increased 1.9 percent, compared to 3.2 percent in the first ten months of 1992. Local area prices are not seasonally adjusted.
 The 10-county Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (1982-84=100) reached 147.0 in October, 1.9 percent above October 1992 levels. Local prices had advanced 3.7 percent and 3.4 percent in the years ending October 1991 and October 1992 respectively.
 Transportation costs rose 1.8 percent last month as gasoline prices, impacted by a 4.3-cent increase in Federal taxes, rose 3.9 percent, and the index for public transportation (which includes airline fares), advanced 1.8 percent. When compared to October 1992 levels, local gasoline prices were down 1.0 percent, the public transportation index was up 6.0 percent, and overall transportation costs rose 1.9 percent.
 Prices for food and beverages rose 1.0 percent last month as the price of groceries (food at home) increased 1.6 percent, the cost of eating out rose 0.7 percent, and the index for alcoholic beverages fell 0.6 percent. Within the grocery component, there were increases of 2.3 percent for cereals and bakery products, 1.9 percent for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, and 4.8 percent for fruits and vegetables. There were declines of 1.2 percent in prices for dairy products and 0.6 percent in the cost of miscellaneous grocery items. When compared to a year ago, the food and beverages category increased 1.9 percent.
 The cost of housing edged up 0.1 percent last month as a 0.1 percent decline in the shelter index was more than offset by increases of 0.4 percent in the fuel and other utilities index and a 0.9 percent advance in the cost of household furnishings and operation. Within the fuel and other utilities component, the fuel oil index rose 31.2 percent as new Environmental Protection Agency clean air standards went into effect. The rise in fuel oil prices due to the lowering of sulfur content had little impact on the local housing index. Overall housing costs rose a moderate 1.3 percent between October 1992 and October 1993.
 Prices for apparel and upkeep, subject to seasonal fluctuations, fell 0.8 percent in October as declines of 1.2 percent in price tags for men's and boys' apparel and 1.6 percent in prices of women's and girls' apparel overcame a 3.9 percent advance in the cost of footwear. When compared to a year ago, footwear prices were up 2.6 percent, prices for women's and girls' apparel were unchanged, men's and boys' apparel prices were down 4.3 percent, and the overall cost of apparel and upkeep was up 1.7 percent.
 The cost of medical care was up 5.9 percent over-the-year after a 0.5 percent increase in October. The local cost of entertainment rose 0.4 percent last month and 4.6 percent over-the-year. A 0.6 percent decline in the cost of personal care contributed to a 1.2 percent drop 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=100, unless
 otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Oct. 1993
 from:
 Sept. Oct. Oct. Sept.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 146.5 147.0 1.9 0.3
 All items (1967=100) 450.3 452.0 - -
 Food and beverages 145.1 146.6 1.9 1.0
 Food 144.7 146.4 2.4 1.2
 Food at home 145.4 147.7 2.6 1.6
 Cereals and bakery products 158.6 162.2 3.8 2.3
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 139.3 142.0 6.1 1.9
 Meats, poultry, and fish 136.9 139.4 6.0 1.8
 Dairy products 134.6 133.0 -.7 -1.2
 Fruits and vegetables 160.7 168.4 2.6 4.8
 Other food at home 139.1 138.3 -.4 -.6
 Food away from home 144.7 145.7 2.3 .7
 Alcoholic beverages 148.5 147.6 -2.7 -.6
 Housing 149.7 149.8 1.3 .1
 Shelter 161.7 161.5 1.3 -.1
 Renters' costs 1/ 181.7 182.3 1.2 .3
 Rent, residential 164.6 165.4 1.8 .5
 Other renters' costs 177.5 177.0 -1.3 -.3
 Homeowners' costs 1/ 175.7 175.1 1.4 -.3
 Owners' equivalent rent 1/ 176.2 175.6 1.3 -.3
 Fuel and other utilities 143.5 144.1 .6 .4
 Fuels 153.3 153.4 .4 .1
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 149.9 153.5 16.4 2.4
 Fuel oil 95.5 125.3 - 31.2
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2/ 173.4 173.9 16.1 .3
 Gas (piped) and electricity 153.5 153.6 .1 .1
 Electricity 181.1 181.2 4.0 .1
 Utility (piped) gas 122.7 122.7 -7.0 .0
 Household furnishings and operation 113.1 114.1 2.3 .9
 Apparel and upkeep 120.0 119.0 1.7 -.8
 Apparel commodities 115.7 114.6 1.9 -1.0
 Men's and boys' apparel 116.3 114.9 -4.3 -1.2
 Women's and girls' apparel 95.8 94.3 .0 -1.6
 Footwear 135.0 140.3 2.6 3.9
 Transportation 122.2 124.4 1.9 1.8
 Private transportation 118.9 120.9 1.1 1.7
 Motor fuel 105.7 110.2 -.1 4.3
 Gasoline 105.0 109.1 -1.0 3.9
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA - -
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 101.6 105.7 -1.6 4.0
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 107.5 111.0 .2 3.3
 Public transportation 153.8 156.6 6.0 1.8
 Medical care 201.2 202.2 5.9 .5
 Entertainment 162.9 163.6 4.6 .4
 Other goods and services 209.6 207.1 1.5 -1.2
 Personal care 156.7 155.7 -1.4 -.6
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 149.7 150.1 2.0 .3
 Energy 123.9 126.4 .1 2.0
 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- 11/10/93
 /CONTACT: Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, or Joyce Sakai, 415-744-7133, both of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics/


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