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SAN FRANCISCO PRICES ROSE 0.8 PERCENT IN APRIL; UP 3.7 PERCENT OVER-THE-YEAR

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area increased 0.8 percent in April, 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 three-quarters of the overall rise in local prices caused by increased housing costs. Bay Area prices had advanced 0.3 percent in February and 0.1 percent in March. So far this year, prices in the San Francisco area have advanced 1.7 percent, compared to 1.3 percent in the first four months of 1992. Local area prices are not seasonally adjusted.
 The 10-county Bay Area All Items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) reached 146.8 in April, 3.7 percent over April 1992 levels. Local prices had advanced 3.9 percent and 4.3 percent in the years ending April 1991 and April 1992, respectively.
 The local housing category rose 1.2 percent last month due mainly to a 1.4 percent increase in the cost of shelter. Within shelter, renters' costs rose 1.6 percent while the index for homeowners' costs increased 1.3 percent. The fuel and other utilities component edged up 0.1 percent, and the index for household furnishings and operation advanced 1.0 percent in April. When compared to year-ago levels, there were increases of 3.3 percent in shelter costs, 2.0 percent in the index for fuel and other utilities, 0.4 percent in the cost of household furnishings and operation, and 2.7 percent in the overall cost of housing.
 The cost of apparel and upkeep, subject to seasonal changes, rose 2.0 percent in April after advancing 4.0 percent in March. The April increase was primarily due to a 3.0 percent increase in price tags for women's and girls' apparel. Prices for men's and boys' apparel fell 1.6 percent last month and footwear prices also declined, by 0.6 percent. When compared to a year ago, there was a 12.1 percent increase in prices for women's and girls' apparel, a 0.9 percent rise in the index for men's and boys' apparel, and a 1.5 percent decline in the cost of footwear. The overall index for apparel and upkeep rose 4.0 percent over-the-year.
 The local cost of medical care rose 1.6 percent in April after declining 0.1 percent in March. When compared to April 1992, the index for medical care was up 6.7 percent.
 The food and beverages category rose 0.2 percent in April as there were increases of 0.3 percent in both grocery prices (food at home) and food away from home, while prices for alcoholic beverages fell 0.7 percent. When compared to a year ago, the overall food and beverages index rose 2.9 percent.
 The Bay Area transportation index declined 0.3 percent last month as gasoline prices fell 1.7 percent and the public transportation index, which includes airline fares, rose 1.5 percent. The drop in gasoline prices was the third consecutive monthly decline, but this index was still 10.8 percent above year-ago levels. The overall cost of transportation rose 4.7 percent over-the-year.
 The local entertainment index was 2.7 percent above year-ago levels after increasing 0.2 percent in April. Despite a 0.2 percent increase in the cost of personal care, the index for other goods and services fell 0.3 percent last month.
 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 Apr. 1993
 from:
 Mar. Apr. Apr. Mar.
 1993 1993 1992 1993
 Expenditure category
 All items 145.7 146.8 3.7 0.8
 All items (1967 equals 100) 448.0 451.2 -- --
 Food and beverages 146.6 146.9 2.9 .2
 Food 146.1 146.6 3.3 .3
 Food at home 148.5 149.0 4.3 .3
 Cereals and bakery products 161.5 160.8 5.0 -.4
 Meats, poultry, fish and eggs 139.4 141.0 5.6 1.1
 Meats, poultry and fish 135.5 136.1 3.0 .4
 Dairy products 134.4 132.6 2.2 -1.3
 Fruits and vegetables 174.7 176.5 4.6 1.0
 Other food at home 139.2 139.4 3.2 .1
 Food away from home 143.8 144.2 2.1 .3
 Alcoholic beverages 150.6 149.5 -.5 -.7
 Housing 147.8 149.5 2.7 1.2
 Shelter 159.4 161.7 3.3 1.4
 Renters' costs A/ 180.3 183.2 2.7 1.6
 Rent, residential 162.6 165.1 4.2 1.5
 Other renters' costs 179.1 182.3 -2.3 1.8
 Homeowners' costs A/ 172.6 174.9 3.5 1.3
 Owners' equivalent rent A/ 173.1 175.5 3.5 1.4
 Fuel and other utilities 140.3 140.5 2.0 .1
 Fuels 145.3 145.3 .5 .0
 Fuel oil and other household
 fuel commodities 147.7 146.4 14.6 -.9
 Fuel oil 99.6 101.5 -- 1.9
 Other household fuel
 commodities B/ 170.1 168.3 16.1 -1.1
 Gas (piped) and electricity 145.4 145.4 .2 .0
 Electricity 180.6 180.6 4.6 .0
 Utility (piped) gas 103.6 103.6 -9.0 .0
 Household furnishings and operation 113.3 114.4 .4 1.0
 Apparel and upkeep 121.9 124.3 4.0 2.0
 Apparel commodities 117.8 120.4 4.6 2.2
 Men's and boys' apparel 123.3 121.3 .9 -1.6
 Women's and girls' apparel 102.8 105.9 12.1 3.0
 Footwear 136.1 135.3 -1.5 -.6
 Transportation 123.5 123.1 4.7 -0.3
 Private transportation 120.9 120.2 4.6 -.6
 Motor fuel 111.1 109.4 11.0 -1.5
 Gasoline 110.9 109.0 10.8 -1.7
 Gasoline, leaded regular NA NA -- --
 Gasoline, unleaded regular 108.0 106.0 10.6 -1.9
 Gasoline, unleaded premium 111.9 110.4 11.3 -1.3
 Public transportation 149.6 151.9 5.4 1.5
 Medical care 194.7 197.8 6.7 1.6
 Entertainment 161.3 161.7 2.7 .2
 Other goods and services 207.1 206.5 7.3 -.3
 Personal care 156.8 157.1 .4 .2
 Special indexes
 All items less energy 148.9 150.1 3.5 .8
 Energy 123.5 122.5 5.4 -.8
 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- 5/13/93
 /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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