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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.7 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER

 SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.7 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Overall prices for goods and


services purchased by consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased by 0.7 percent in September, according to Regional Commissioner Sam Hirabayashi of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said the September increase followed advances of 0.2 percent in July and 0.4 percent in August in the 10-county Bay Area. He added that even though four of the seven major expenditure categories declined last month, large increases in the housing and other goods and services categories led to the overall increase in the local index. 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 143.7 in September (1982-84 equals 100), 2.9 percent over September 1991 levels. Local prices had advanced 5.7 percent and 4.3 percent in the years ending September 1990 and September 1991 respectively. So far this year, prices have increased 2.8 percent, compared to 3.4 percent in the first nine months of 1991.
 Housing costs rose 1.1 percent last month as shelter costs rose 1.1 percent, the fuels and other utilities index increased 1.7 percent, and the cost of household furnishings and operation edged up 0.2 percent. Within shelter, renters' costs rose 0.6 percent while homeowners' costs advanced 1.4 percent. A 10.3 percent jump in household gas prices in September helped push up the fuels and other utilities index. When compared to September 1991 levels, overall housing costs have increased a moderate 1.7 percent.
 The other goods and services index, which includes tuition and other educational expenses, jumped 4.7 percent last month. The local cost of other goods and services was up 12.2 percent when compared to a year ago.
 Prices for food and beverages dipped 0.1 percent last month as decreases of 1.4 percent in the cost of alcoholic beverages and 0.1 percent in the food away from home index, more than offset a 0.3 percent increase in the price of groceries. Within the grocery (food at home) component, there were declines of 0.4 percent in prices for cereals and bakery products as well as dairy products, and 2.0 percent in the cost of miscellaneous grocery items. The meats, poultry, fish, and eggs component advanced 0.9 percent and prices for fruits and vegetables increased 3.0 percent in September, and were up 10.8 percent when compared to year-ago levels. Overall prices for food and beverages rose 2.9 percent between September 1991 and September 1992.
 Transportation costs fell 0.7 percent last month as gasoline prices decreased 0.6 percent and the public transportation index, which includes airline fares, declined 4.7 percent. The overall cost of transportation in the Bay Area rose a moderate 2.7 percent between September 1991 and September 1992.
 Prices for apparel and upkeep dropped 0.3 percent last month and were up 1.6 percent over-the-year. Falling in September were price tags for men's and boys' apparel, 0.4 percent; women's and girls' apparel, 0.5 percent; and footwear, 0.4 percent.
 The local entertainment index decreased 0.2 percent in September and was up a slight 0.1 percent when compared to September 1991. The cost of medical care rose 0.8 percent last month and was up 7.0 percent over-the-year.
 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 Sept. 1992
 from:
 Aug. Sept. Sept. Aug.
 1992 1992 1991 1992
 Expenditure category
 All items 142.7 143.7 2.9 0.7
 All items (1967 equals 100) 438.7 441.8 -- --
 Food and beverages 144.0 143.9 2.9 -0.1
 Food 142.8 143.0 3.0 0.1
 Food at home 144.1 144.5 4.3 0.3
 Cereals and bakery products 155.3 154.7 5.6 -0.4
 Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 133.1 134.3 -0.4 0.9
 Meats, poultry, and fish 132.1 132.0 -0.8 -0.1
 Dairy products 133.8 133.3 6.4 -0.4
 Fruits and vegetables 165.6 170.6 10.8 3.0
 Other food at home 139.2 136.4 2.5 -2.0
 Food away from home 142.0 141.9 1.2 -0.1
 Alcoholic beverages 153.2 151.0 2.6 -1.4
 Housing 145.9 147.5 1.7 1.1
 Shelter 156.9 158.7 1.7 1.1
 Renters' costs 1A 178.9 180.0 2.2 0.6
 Rent, residential 159.8 161.2 2.0 0.9
 Other renters' costs 183.8 183.1 2.9 -0.4
 Homeowners' costs 1A 169.2 171.6 1.4 1.4
 Owners' equivalent rent 1A 169.7 172.1 1.4 1.4
 Fuel and other utilities 140.8 143.2 3.1 1.7
 Fuels 147.8 152.8 1.5 3.4
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 128.9 127.9 3.1 -0.8
 Fuel oil NA NA -- --
 Other household fuel
 commodities 2A 146.4 145.3 3.3 -0.8
 Gas (piped) and electricity 148.3 153.4 1.4 3.4
 Electricity 174.2 174.2 1.2 0.0
 Utility (piped) gas 119.7 132.0 1.9 10.3
 Household furnishings and operation 112.2 112.4 0.2 0.2
 Apparel and upkeep 118.0 117.6 1.6 -0.3
 Apparel commodities 113.6 113.1 1.7 -0.4
 Men's and boys' apparel 112.6 112.2 -4.0 -0.4
 Women's and girls' apparel 99.3 98.8 2.9 -0.5
 Footwear 136.9 136.4 11.8 -0.4
 Transportation 121.5 120.7 2.7 -0.7
 Private transportation 119.2 119.2 3.0 0.0
 Motor fuel 111.1 110.5 8.7 -0.5
 Gasoline 111.0 110.3 8.7 -0.6
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 108.2 107.7 7.8 -0.5
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 111.6 110.8 9.7 -0.7
 Public transportation 146.3 139.4 0.5 -4.7
 Medical care 188.7 190.3 7.0 0.8
 Entertainment 155.5 155.2 0.1 -0.2
 Other goods and services 193.7 202.8 12.2 4.7
 Personal care 155.3 155.3 0.6 0.0
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 145.6 146.5 2.7 0.6
 Energy 124.6 126.3 4.8 1.4
 1A Indexes on a December 1982 equals 100 base.
 2A Indexes on a December 1986 equals 100 base.
 NA Data not adequate for publication.
 -- Data not available.
 -0- 10/15/92
 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics/ CO: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics ST: California IN: FIN SU: ECO


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