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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.4 PERCENT IN JANUARY

 SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.4 PERCENT IN JANUARY
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Overall prices for goods


and services purchased by consumers in in the San Francisco-Oakland- San Jose area advanced 0.4 percent in January, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said that sharp rises in the housing and other goods and services categories overcame declines last month in the local cost of food and beverages, apparel and upkeep, and transportation. The cost of medical care and entertainment also rose in January. Overall energy costs rose 0.6 percent last month despite a 1.1 percent drop in the cost of gasoline. Excluding energy, San Francisco-area prices rose 0.3 in January. Bay Area prices had been unchanged in December and had increased 0.1 percent in November 1991. 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) reached 140.3 in January (1982-84-100), 2.6 percent above January 1991 levels. This compares to increases of 3.6 percent and 6.4 percent in the years ending January 1990 and January 1991 respectively. The 2.6 percent increase was the smallest 12-month increase in the local CPI since the 2.2 percent rise for the year ending February 1987. (The Bay Area CPI was released bimonthly in 1987--monthly releases began in January 1988).
 The housing category rose 0.7 percent in January as the cost of fuels and other utilities increased 1.1 percent and there were 0.6 percent increases in both the shelter and household furnishings and operation components. Increases of 1.6 percent in electricity costs and 3.6 percent in the utility (piped) gas index accounted for most of the rise in the fuel and other utilities component. The 0.6 percent rise in the shelter component was due mainly to a 1.5 percent increase in renters' costs. When compared to January 1991 levels, shelter costs rose 2.6 percent, the fuels and other utilities index rose 5.5 percent, and the cost of household furnishings and operation fell 2.2 percent. Overall housing costs in the Bay Area rose 2.5 percent in the past year.
 The food and beverages index fell 1.0 percent in January as declines of 1.9 percent in the grocery index and 0.6 percent in the cost of eating out overcame a 2.0 percent rise in the alcoholic beverages component. Led by a steep 4.2 percent drop in prices for fruits and vegetables, all local grocery components declined last month except for the 0.5 percent rise in the cost of cereals and bakery products. When compared to year-ago levels, prices for food and beverages in the Bay Area rose a moderate 1.6 percent.
 Despite an 8.3 percent jump in the cost of footwear, the apparel and upkeep index declined 0.5 percent, as price tags for men's and boys' apparel fell a steep 5.6 percent, and the cost of women's and girls' apparel dropped 2.2 percent. The decline marked the third consecutive month of decreases in the local apparel and upkeep index. When compared to a year ago, the cost of apparel and upkeep rose 1.9 percent.
 A 1.1 percent drop in the cost of gasoline led to a 0.3 percent decline in the transportation index. The cost of public transportation rose 0.4 percent last month. When compared to January 1991 levels, the overall cost of transportation in the Bay Area declined 2.4 percent.
 A 2.2 percent increase in the cost of personal care was a major contributor to a 4.4 percent jump in the cost of other goods and services. The other goods and services category, which includes personal and educational expenses and tobacco products, increased 15.0 percent from January 1991 to January 1992.
 The local cost of medical care and entertainment both increased 0.4 percent in January. When compared to year-ago levels, the cost of medical care increased 8.1 percent while the entertainment index advanced 5.9 percent.
 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers:
 Indexes and percent changes for selected periods
 (Data are not seasonally adjusted)
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
 (1982-84-100, unless otherwise noted)
 Percent changes
 Indexes to Jan. 1992
 from:
 Dec. Jan. Jan. Dec.
 1991 1992 1991 1991
 Expenditure category
 All items .......................... 139.8 140.3 2.6 0.4
 Food and beverages ............... 143.6 142.2 1.6 -1.0
 Food ........................... 143.2 141.2 .7 -1.4
 Food at home ................. 145.6 142.9 -.2 -1.9
 Food away from home .......... 140.8 139.9 2.0 -.6
 Alcoholic beverages ............ 146.7 149.7 8.3 2.0
 Housing .......................... 143.7 144.7 2.5 .7
 Shelter ........................ 155.0 155.9 2.6 .6
 Fuel and other utilities ....... 135.6 137.1 5.5 1.1
 Household furnishings and
 operation ..................... 111.3 112.0 -2.2 .6
 Apparel and upkeep ............... 114.8 114.2 1.9 -.5
 Transportation .................. 117.0 116.6 -2.4 -0.3
 Private transportation ......... 115.0 114.5 -2.1 -.4
 Motor fuel ................... 99.2 98.1 -13.6 -1.1
 Public transportation .......... 139.0 139.5 -4.1 .4
 Medical care ..................... 179.4 180.1 8.1 .4
 Entertainment .................... 156.0 156.6 5.9 .4
 Other goods and services ......... 182.4 190.4 15.0 4.4
 Personal care .................. 151.9 155.2 7.0 2.2
 Special indexes
 All items less energy .............. 143.1 143.6 3.2 .3
 Energy ............................. 115.3 116.0 -5.7 .6
 -0- 2/19/92
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166; or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7132, both of the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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