Consumer Price Index News Release






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                   Consumer Price Index - March 2012

 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.3 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau
 of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all
 items index increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
 
 The indexes for food, energy, and all items less food and energy all
 increased in March. The gasoline index continued to rise, more than
 offsetting a decline in the household energy index and leading to a
 0.9 percent increase in the energy index. The food index rose 0.2
 percent as the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased
 notably.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in
 March after increasing 0.1 percent in February. Most of the major
 components increased in March, with the indexes for shelter and used
 cars and trucks accounting for about half the total increase for all
 items less food and energy. The indexes for medical care, apparel,
 recreation, new vehicles, and airline fares increased as well, while
 the indexes for tobacco and household furnishings and operations were
 among the few to decline in March.
 
 The all items index has risen 2.7 percent over the last 12 months, a
 decline from last month's 2.9 percent figure. The energy index has
 risen 4.6 percent and the food index has increased 3.3 percent; both
 increases are smaller than last month. In contrast, the 12-month
 change in the index for all items less food and energy, which was 2.2
 percent last month, edged up to 2.3 percent in March.


 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city
 average
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from             
                                          preceding month                      
                                                                          Un-  
                                                                       adjusted
                                                                        12-mos.
                              Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.  Mar.   ended 
                              2011  2011  2011  2011  2012  2012  2012   Mar.  
                                                                         2012  
                                                                                                                                                              
 All items..................    .3    .0    .1    .0    .2    .4    .3      2.7
  Food......................    .4    .2    .1    .2    .2    .0    .2      3.3
   Food at home.............    .6    .2    .0    .2    .0    .0    .1      3.6
   Food away from home (1)..    .2    .2    .3    .2    .4    .1    .2      3.0
  Energy....................   1.5  -1.8   -.5  -1.3    .2   3.2    .9      4.6
   Energy commodities.......   1.9  -2.6   -.6  -2.0    .9   5.7   1.7      8.7
    Gasoline (all types)....   2.0  -2.8   -.9  -2.1    .9   6.0   1.7      9.0
    Fuel oil (1)............   -.7   -.5   2.7  -1.0   1.4   2.8   2.7      5.3
   Energy services..........    .8   -.4   -.4   -.2   -.8   -.8   -.4     -1.8
    Electricity.............    .6    .2    .2   -.1    .0    .0   -.8       .6
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............   1.5  -2.6  -2.6   -.6  -2.9  -3.4    .9     -9.1
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .1    .2    .2    .1    .2    .1    .2      2.3
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....   -.2    .0    .1   -.1    .2    .1    .2      2.1
    New vehicles............   -.1   -.2   -.2   -.2    .0    .6    .2      2.5
    Used cars and trucks....   -.5   -.4   -.4   -.7  -1.0   -.2   1.3      3.2
    Apparel.................   -.7    .4    .5   -.1    .9   -.9    .5      4.9
    Medical care commodities                                                   
       (1)..................    .2    .3    .2    .2    .6    .8    .4      3.3
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2    .1    .2      2.3
    Shelter.................    .1    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2      2.1
    Transportation services     .4    .2    .0    .1    .0   -.2    .3      1.4
    Medical care services...    .2    .5    .4    .4    .2    .0    .3      3.5

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.



 Consumer Price Index Data for March 2012
 
 Food
 
 The food index rose 0.2 percent in March after being unchanged in
 February. The index for food at home, unchanged in February, rose 0.1
 percent in March. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose
 0.8 percent, its largest increase since May. The index for other food
 at home also rose in March, increasing 0.3 percent. The other four
 major grocery store food groups declined. The fruits and vegetables
 index fell 0.4 percent, its sixth consecutive decline, as the fresh
 vegetables index fell 1.6 percent. The index for cereals and bakery
 products fell 0.2 percent, as did the index for nonalcoholic
 beverages. The index for dairy and related products fell 0.1 percent,
 its fourth decline in five months.  The food at home index has risen
 3.6 percent over the last 12 months; this was its smallest 12-month
 change since last March. The fruits and vegetables index has declined
 3.9 percent over that period, its largest 12-month decline since
 November 2009. The other five major grocery store food group indexes
 have increased over the past year, with the dairy group posting the
 largest increase at 6.3 percent. The index for food away from home
 rose 0.2 percent in March after a 0.1 percent increase in February
 and has risen 3.0 percent over the last 12 months.
 
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index, which rose 3.2 percent in February, increased 0.9
 percent in March. The gasoline index rose 1.7 percent following its
 6.0 percent February increase. (Before seasonal adjustment, gasoline
 prices increased 8.1 percent in March.) The fuel oil index also
 continued to rise, increasing 2.7 percent in March after rising 2.8
 percent in February. In contrast, the index for energy services
 (comprised of electricity and natural gas) fell 0.4 percent. The
 natural gas index rose 0.9 percent after declining in each of the
 previous five months. The electricity index, however, fell 0.8
 percent, its largest decline since June. Over the last 12 months, the
 gasoline index has risen 9.0 percent and the fuel oil index has
 increased 5.3 percent. The electricity index, however, has only
 increased 0.6 percent and the index for natural gas has declined 9.1
 percent.
 
 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2 percent in
 March after a 0.1 percent increase in February. The shelter index
 increased 0.2 percent, the sixth straight such increase, with the
 indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent both increasing 0.2
 percent. The index for used cars and trucks rose sharply in March,
 increasing 1.3 percent after declining in each of the previous six
 months. The medical care index rose 0.3 percent in March, with the
 index for medical care commodities increasing 0.4 percent and the
 medical care services index advancing 0.3 percent. The apparel index
 rose 0.5 percent after declining in February; similarly, the index
 for recreation rose 0.2 percent after a February decline as the index
 for recreation services rose 0.4 percent. Other increases in March
 included the indexes for new vehicles (0.2 percent), airline fares
 (0.4 percent), and personal care (0.4 percent). In contrast, the
 index for tobacco fell 0.3 percent in March, and the indexes for
 household furnishings and operations and for alcoholic beverages both
 declined 0.2 percent.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy has risen 2.3 percent
 over the last 12 months. The index for shelter has risen 2.1 percent
 over the period. The apparel index has risen 4.9 percent, the medical
 care index has increased 3.5 percent, and the index for new vehicles
 has risen 2.5 percent.
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 2.7 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 229.392
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 0.8 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 2.9 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 226.304  (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased
 0.9 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 2.4 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index increased 0.6 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 Please note that the indexes for the post-2010 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 
 The Consumer Price Index for April 2012 is scheduled to be released
 on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).




 Redesigning the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Press Release Tables
 
 The format of the tables contained in the CPI news release changed
 beginning with this CPI news release for March, 2012. News release
 tables are part of the news release pdf and html files, and are
 available independently in html format. The new tables are also
 available in XLS format.  In addition, the BLS will begin issuing
 monthly companion XLS files, which will contain additional index
 level and CPI-W information.
 
 These tables were made available for public comment during October
 2011. In response to the public comments, the BLS will issue XLS
 files each month, as companions to the news release. There will be
 CPI-U and CPI-W files, and in addition to the data contained in the
 news release tables, the Excel files will contain index values.
 
 In August 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) restructured the
 text of the CPI news release to focus on the price movements of three
 broad expenditure categories, namely Food, Energy, and All items less
 food and energy. Table A within the CPI news release text was also
 updated in August 2009 to reflect this new structure.  Before August
 2009, the text of the CPI news release had focused on eight CPI
 `major groups' (Food and beverages; Housing; Apparel; Transportation;
 Medical care; Recreation; Education and communication; and Other
 goods and services).
 
 While the text of the CPI news release was restructured in 2009,
 seven additional CPI news release tables continued to be published
 using the eight major groups. BLS has redesigned these news release
 tables, to reflect the focus on Food, Energy, and All items less food
 and energy. Within these three broad categories, CPI item series are
 further divided into commodities and services.
 
 Beyond the redesign in the structure of the CPI news release tables,
 several other improvements to these tables have been made.
 
 The new Table 1 gives a summary of the index series which typically
 contribute to changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
 Consumers (CPI-U).
 
 The new Table 2 shows the full publication stub using the new
 structure for the CPI-U, including 11 new items series that were
 created to augment the redesign in the publication structure.
 
 Table 3 shows aggregate item series (e.g., Transportation) that do
 not fall under the Food, Energy, and All items less food and energy
 structure.
 
 Table 4 shows the All items indexes at the local, regional, and city-
 size class levels.
 
 Table 5 shows the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban
 Consumers (C-CPI-U), and presents a history of annual percentage
 changes in the C-CPI-U compared to the CPI-U.
 
 Table 6 focuses on 1-month seasonally adjusted changes in the CPI-U,
 while table 7 focuses on 12-month not seasonally adjusted changes.
 Tables 6 and 7 present three additional pieces of data to help users
 better interpret index changes. First, these tables show the `effect'
 each item has on the price change for All items. For example, if the
 effect of food is 0.4, and the index for All items increased 1.2
 percent, it can be said that increases in food prices accounted for
 0.4 / 1.2, or 33.3 percent, of the increase in overall prices for
 that period. Said another way, had food prices been unchanged, the
 All items index only would have increased 0.8 percent (or 1.2 percent
 for All items, minus the 0.4 effect for Food).  Effects can be
 negative as well. For example, if the effect of food was a negative
 0.1, and the All items index rose 0.5 percent, the All items index
 actually would have been 0.1 percent higher (or 0.6 percent) had food
 prices been unchanged.
 
 Second, standard errors for percent changes are shown on tables 6 and
 7.  Confidence intervals for statistics can be created using standard
 errors; e.g., roughly 95 percent confidence intervals can be
 constructed using two standard errors. For example, if an item
 increased 3.7 percent, and its standard error was 0.6 percent, the 95
 percent confidence interval for that price change can be said to be
 3.7 percent plus or minus two standard errors, or 3.7 percent plus or
 minus 1.2 percent.
 
 Finally, each item series in tables 6 and 7 show the last time that
 item had a price change as large (or as small) as the percent change
 published that period. For example, if bananas rose 3.7 percent, and
 that was its largest increase since November 2007, that would be
 noted in the new tables.
 
 In addition, most of the previous tables showed the `relative
 importance', or weight, of each item category as of the previous
 December. The relative importance columns in the new tables are
 improved in that they are updated monthly to reflect the change in
 relative prices over time.
 
 Finally, there are no longer any news release tables that focus on
 the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W). That said, the CPI-W All items index level and percent
 changes will still be noted in the text of the news release, and a
 companion XLS file with CPI-W information will be available.























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 impaired individuals upon request.  Voice phone:  202-691-5200,
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 Brief Explanation of the CPI
      
 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in
 prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.  The
 Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:
 (1) the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W),
 which covers households of wage earners and clerical workers that
 comprise approximately 29 percent of the total population and (2) the
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban
 Consumers (C-CPI-U), which cover approximately 88 percent of the
 total population and include in addition to wage earners and clerical
 worker households, groups such as professional, managerial, and
 technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the
 unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.
      
 The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels,
 transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services,
 drugs, and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day
 living.  Prices are collected each month in 87 urban areas across the
 country from about 4,000 housing units and approximately 26,000
 retail establishments-department stores, supermarkets, hospitals,
 filling stations, and other types of stores and service
 establishments.  All taxes directly associated with the purchase and
 use of items are included in the index.  Prices of fuels and a few
 other items are obtained every month in all 87 locations.  Prices of
 most other commodities and services are collected every month in the
 three largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas.
 Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or
 telephone calls of the Bureau's trained representatives.
      
 In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each
 location are averaged together with weights, which represent their
 importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.
 Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average.  For the
 CPI-U and CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city,
 by region of the country, for cross-classifications of regions and
 population-size classes, and for 27 local areas.  Area indexes do not
 measure differences in the level of prices among cities; they only
 measure the average change in prices for each area since the base
 period.  For the C-CPI-U data are issued only at the national level.
 It is important to note that the CPI-U and CPI-W are considered final
 when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in preliminary form and
 subject to two annual revisions.
      
 The index measures price change from a designed reference date.  For
 the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.
 The reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.  An
 increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is
 shown as 116.500.  This change can also be expressed in dollars as
 follows:  the price of a base period market basket of goods and
 services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65.
      
 For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis
 Section on (202) 691-7000.
 
 
 
 
 Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
                                   
 The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error
 because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the
 complete universe of all prices.  BLS calculates and publishes
 estimates of the 1-month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent
 change standard errors annually, for the CPI-U.  These standard error
 estimates can be used to construct confidence intervals for
 hypothesis testing.  For example, the estimated standard error of the
 1 month percent change is 0.03 percent for the U.S. All Items
 Consumer Price Index.  This means that if we repeatedly sample from
 the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology, and
 estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these
 estimates would be within 0.06 percent of the 1 month percentage
 change based on all retail prices.  For example, for a 1-month change
 of 0.2 percent in the All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are
 95 percent confident that the actual percent change based on all
 retail prices would fall between 0.14 and 0.26 percent.  For the
 latest data, including information on how to use the estimates of
 standard error, see "Variance Estimates for Price Changes in the
 Consumer Price Index, January-December 2011".  These data are
 available on the CPI home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), or by using
 the following link http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2011.pdf
 
 
 
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
 Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points,
 because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in
 relation to its base period while percent changes are not.  The
 example below illustrates the computation of index point and percent
 changes.
      
  Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change
 would be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3
 
 
 
 
 Regions Defined
 
 The states in the four regions are shown below.
 
 The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
 York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
 The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
 Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
 The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
 Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
 Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District
 of Columbia.
 The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
 Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
 
 
 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted
 as well as unadjusted changes each month.
 
 For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the
 effect of changes that normally occur at the same time and in about
 the same magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from
 changing climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers,
 holidays, and sales.
 
 The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining
 contract agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation
 changes to the Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal
 variation.
 
 Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each
 year, the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data
 from January 2007 through December 2011 were replaced in January
 2012.  Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated
 seasonal data at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through
 1977; and, in January 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series
 were revised for January 1987-December 2001 as a result of a change
 in the aggregation weights for dependently adjusted series. For
 further information, please see "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted
 Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the October 2001 issue of the CPI
 Detailed Report.
 
 Effective with the publication of data from January 2006 through
 December 2010 in January 2011, the Video and audio series and the
 Information technology, hardware and services series were changed
 from independently adjusted to dependently adjusted.  This resulted
 in an increase in the number of seasonal components used in deriving
 seasonal movement of the All items and 54 other lower level
 aggregations, from 73 for the publication of January 1998 through
 December 2005 data to 82 for the publication of seasonally adjusted
 data for January 2006 and later.  Each year the seasonal status of
 every series is reevaluated based upon certain statistical criteria.
 If any of the 82 components change their seasonal adjustment status
 from seasonally adjusted to not seasonally adjusted, not seasonally
 adjusted data will be used in the aggregation of the dependent series
 for the last 5 years, but the seasonally adjusted indexes before that
 period will not be changed.  Note: 38 of the 82 components are not
 seasonally adjusted for 2012.
 
 Seasonally adjusted data, including the all items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original
 release.  For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data
 in escalation agreements.
 
 Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some
 CPI series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for
 better estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or
 sharp movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are
 estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal
 factors.  Beginning with the calculation of seasonal factors for
 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal
 Adjustment.
 
 For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2012, BLS adjusted 31
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including
 selected food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and
 vehicles.  For example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel
 series to offset the effects of events such as damage to oil
 refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
 
 For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment", located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
 
 For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices
 and Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact David Levin at
 (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Levin.David@bls.gov.  If you have
 general questions about the CPI, please call our information staff at
 (202) 691-7000.
 













Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category, March 2012
[1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted]
Expenditure category Relative
importance
Feb.
2012
Unadjusted indexes Unadjusted percent change Seasonally adjusted percent change
Mar.
2011
Feb.
2012
Mar.
2012
Mar.
2011-
Mar.
2012
Feb.
2012-
Mar.
2012
Dec.
2011-
Jan.
2012
Jan.
2012-
Feb.
2012
Feb.
2012-
Mar.
2012

All items

100.000 223.467 227.663 229.392 2.7 0.8 0.2 0.4 0.3

Food

14.255 225.350 232.486 232.792 3.3 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2

Food at home

8.608 223.430 231.180 231.383 3.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Cereals and bakery products

1.240 255.482 267.821 267.101 4.5 -0.3 -0.1 0.2 -0.2

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

1.941 218.808 228.610 230.485 5.3 0.8 0.2 -0.2 0.8

Dairy and related products(1)

0.912 206.161 219.377 219.131 6.3 -0.1 0.9 -0.5 -0.1

Fruits and vegetables

1.264 290.279 281.072 279.057 -3.9 -0.7 -1.3 -0.5 -0.4

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

0.960 165.038 169.758 169.513 2.7 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.2

Other food at home

2.291 194.747 204.001 204.574 5.0 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.3

Food away from home(1)

5.648 229.282 235.603 236.073 3.0 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.2

Energy

10.022 242.516 242.663 253.599 4.6 4.5 0.2 3.2 0.9

Energy commodities

6.222 307.589 310.685 334.427 8.7 7.6 0.9 5.7 1.7

Fuel oil(1)

0.237 375.042 384.747 395.016 5.3 2.7 1.4 2.8 2.7

Motor fuel

5.872 303.565 306.348 330.834 9.0 8.0 0.8 6.0 1.7

Gasoline (all types)

5.681 302.574 305.076 329.780 9.0 8.1 0.9 6.0 1.7

Energy services(2)

3.800 190.213 187.962 186.784 -1.8 -0.6 -0.8 -0.8 -0.4

Electricity(2)

2.894 191.028 193.183 192.148 0.6 -0.5 0.0 0.0 -0.8

Utility (piped) gas service(2)

0.907 185.110 169.753 168.196 -9.1 -0.9 -2.9 -3.4 0.9

All items less food and energy

75.722 223.690 227.865 228.735 2.3 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2

Commodities less food and energy commodities

19.773 144.632 146.628 147.644 2.1 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.2

Apparel

3.527 121.286 123.312 127.258 4.9 3.2 0.9 -0.9 0.5

New vehicles

3.197 140.860 144.326 144.350 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.2

Used cars and trucks

1.882 144.072 147.011 148.677 3.2 1.1 -1.0 -0.2 1.3

Medical care commodities(1)

1.725 322.691 331.867 333.188 3.3 0.4 0.6 0.8 0.4

Alcoholic beverages

0.953 225.693 230.704 230.193 2.0 -0.2 0.8 0.3 -0.2

Tobacco and smoking products(1)

0.798 830.693 847.880 845.760 1.8 -0.3 0.5 -0.4 -0.3

Services less energy services

55.949 271.468 277.027 277.780 2.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2

Shelter

31.413 250.310 254.931 255.609 2.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2

Rent of primary residence(2)

6.453 252.145 258.184 258.569 2.5 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)(3)

23.823 258.263 262.812 263.317 2.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2

Medical care services

5.358 420.852 434.832 435.721 3.5 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.3

Physicians' services(2)

1.600 339.532 343.564 343.867 1.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.5 0.2

Hospital services(2)(4)

1.522 238.223 250.560 250.638 5.2 0.0 0.3 -0.1 0.2

Transportation services

5.739 266.754 269.535 270.604 1.4 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.3

Motor vehicle maintenance and repair(1)

1.151 250.820 256.968 256.616 2.3 -0.1 0.3 0.2 -0.1

Motor vehicle insurance

2.401 385.479 395.516 396.393 2.8 0.2 0.1 -0.2 0.5

Airline fare

0.759 306.256 298.477 303.843 -0.8 1.8 -0.9 -0.1 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Not seasonally adjusted.
(2) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(3) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(4) Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category, March 2012
[1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted]
Expenditure category Relative
importance
Feb.
2012
Unadjusted percent change Seasonally adjusted percent change
Mar.
2011-
Mar.
2012
Feb.
2012-
Mar.
2012
Dec.
2011-
Jan.
2012
Jan.
2012-
Feb.
2012
Feb.
2012-
Mar.
2012

All items

100.000 2.7 0.8 0.2 0.4 0.3

Food

14.255 3.3 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2

Food at home

8.608 3.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Cereals and bakery products

1.240 4.5 -0.3 -0.1 0.2 -0.2

Cereals and cereal products

0.478 4.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.4 -0.3

Flour and prepared flour mixes

0.053 7.3 0.6 -1.3 -0.7 1.6

Breakfast cereal(1)

0.292 3.6 0.0 -0.3 -0.3 0.0

Rice, pasta, cornmeal(1)

0.133 3.9 -1.3 0.3 -0.3 -1.3

Rice(1)(2)(3)

  3.5 -1.4 1.6 -0.7 -1.4

Bakery products

0.762 4.9 -0.2 -0.3 0.8 -0.2

Bread(2)

0.223 5.6 0.0 -1.0 1.1 -0.4

White bread(1)(3)

  5.0 -0.6 -1.4 1.8 -0.6

Bread other than white(1)(3)

  5.9 -0.2 -2.4 1.8 -0.2

Fresh biscuits, rolls, muffins(1)(2)

0.114 3.9 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.1

Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies

0.184 5.6 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.3

Cookies(1)(3)

  5.0 -0.7 1.2 0.4 -0.6

Fresh cakes and cupcakes(1)(3)

  6.8 0.6 -1.2 1.6 0.6

Other bakery products

0.241 3.9 -0.8 0.2 0.6 -0.6

Fresh sweetrolls, coffeecakes, doughnuts(1)(3)

  7.8 -0.1 1.9 0.7 -0.1

Crackers, bread, and cracker products(3)

  3.6 -2.0 -0.8 1.6 -1.7

Frozen and refrigerated bakery products, pies, tarts, turnovers(3)

  3.0 0.5 0.6 -0.5 0.3

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

1.941 5.3 0.8 0.2 -0.2 0.8

Meats, poultry, and fish

1.833 5.4 0.8 0.1 0.2 0.7

Meats

1.194 5.4 0.8 -0.1 0.4 0.5

Beef and veal(1)

0.551 6.8 0.8 1.1 0.2 0.8

Uncooked ground beef(1)

0.216 6.7 0.4 1.8 1.0 0.4

Uncooked beef roasts(1)(2)

0.081 5.9 0.0 -0.3 1.1 0.0

Uncooked beef steaks(1)(2)

0.202 7.3 1.4 1.0 -0.9 1.4

Uncooked other beef and veal(1)(2)

0.051 7.1 1.2 1.0 -0.4 1.2

Pork

0.374 3.4 0.7 -1.1 0.3 -0.2

Bacon, breakfast sausage, and related products(2)

0.143 4.3 -0.4 -0.8 0.8 0.2

Bacon and related products(3)

  8.5 -0.5 0.0 0.1 0.5

Breakfast sausage and related products(1)(2)(3)

  1.3 -0.9 -0.5 2.2 -0.9

Ham

0.077 3.0 4.7 -2.2 -0.5 2.4

Ham, excluding canned(3)

  2.6 5.3 -2.0 -0.9 2.5

Pork chops

0.061 1.6 -0.1 -0.4 -2.2 -0.4

Other pork including roasts and picnics(2)

0.093 3.6 -0.4 -1.6 0.3 -1.2

Other meats

0.268 5.7 0.7 -1.1 1.0 0.7

Frankfurters(3)

  6.5 1.6 -3.5 2.3 0.7

Lunchmeats(1)(2)(3)

  4.5 0.2 -0.7 0.4 0.2

Lamb and organ meats(1)(3)

  5.4 0.2 -0.3 1.0 0.2

Lamb and mutton(1)(2)(3)

  15.4 0.5 -3.1 3.4 0.5

Poultry

0.337 6.5 1.4 1.1 0.3 1.4

Chicken(2)

0.262 5.3 1.3 1.2 0.1 1.3

Fresh whole chicken(1)(3)

  8.7 1.5 -1.1 0.6 1.5

Fresh and frozen chicken parts(1)(3)

  4.3 1.4 -0.1 0.4 1.4

Other poultry including turkey(2)

0.075 11.2 1.5 -0.1 1.7 1.5

Fish and seafood(1)

0.303 3.9 0.6 -0.3 -0.7 1.0

Fresh fish and seafood(1)(2)

0.156 1.9 0.9 0.6 -1.5 0.9

Processed fish and seafood(2)

0.146 6.3 0.2 0.0 -0.9 1.7

Shelf stable fish and seafood(1)(3)

  3.6 -0.2 1.1 -0.3 -0.2

Frozen fish and seafood(1)(3)

  5.7 0.2 -0.6 -1.5 0.2

Eggs

0.108 5.1 0.5 1.8 -6.4 2.3

Dairy and related products(1)

0.912 6.3 -0.1 0.9 -0.5 -0.1

Milk(1)(2)

0.295 4.0 -0.4 0.7 -1.3 -0.4

Fresh whole milk(1)(3)

  3.7 -0.2 0.2 -1.1 -0.2

Fresh milk other than whole(1)(2)(3)

  4.1 -0.5 1.1 -1.5 -0.5

Cheese and related products(1)

0.293 8.7 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 -0.6

Ice cream and related products

0.137 6.4 0.5 0.9 -1.4 1.8

Other dairy and related products(2)

0.188 6.2 0.2 -0.2 0.5 0.3

Fruits and vegetables

1.264 -3.9 -0.7 -1.3 -0.5 -0.4

Fresh fruits and vegetables

0.956 -6.6 -0.7 -1.4 -1.0 -0.4

Fresh fruits

0.495 0.1 -0.4 -1.8 1.3 0.7

Apples

0.085 3.3 -1.8 0.8 -0.7 -1.5

Bananas

0.082 -0.4 -0.2 -0.6 -2.1 0.6

Citrus fruits(2)

0.103 -5.4 -0.1 -2.3 -1.4 1.4

Oranges, including tangerines(3)

  0.1 0.4 -0.9 -3.5 2.0

Other fresh fruits(2)

0.225 1.2 -0.2 -3.1 4.8 1.5

Fresh vegetables

0.462 -12.6 -1.1 -1.0 -3.5 -1.6

Potatoes

0.083 1.0 0.8 -1.6 1.3 -0.3

Lettuce

0.062 -20.5 -2.2 -1.5 -4.5 -0.4

Tomatoes(1)

0.078 -28.8 0.1 0.1 -5.7 0.1

Other fresh vegetables

0.239 -7.9 -1.8 -2.8 -4.4 -0.2

Processed fruits and vegetables(2)

0.308 5.5 -0.6 -0.8 1.2 -0.2

Canned fruits and vegetables(2)

0.154 4.6 -0.8 -0.4 1.5 -0.5

Canned fruits(2)(3)

  3.3 -1.4 -1.2 1.4 -1.0

Canned vegetables(2)(3)

  5.7 -0.4 0.2 1.0 0.2

Frozen fruits and vegetables(2)

0.097 6.9 -0.8 -1.7 1.1 -0.4

Frozen vegetables(3)

  5.9 -0.9 -2.1 1.0 -0.8

Other processed fruits and vegetables including dried(2)

0.057 5.9 0.2 0.6 1.2 0.8

Dried beans, peas, and lentils(1)(2)(3)

  15.4 -0.6 -0.2 1.8 -0.6

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

0.960 2.7 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.2

Juices and nonalcoholic drinks(2)

0.717 2.0 -0.1 -0.3 0.2 -0.1

Carbonated drinks

0.296 2.3 -0.8 0.4 -0.1 -0.8

Frozen noncarbonated juices and drinks(1)(2)

0.014 11.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks(1)(2)

0.407 1.5 0.4 0.3 -0.5 0.4

Beverage materials including coffee and tea(2)

0.244 4.7 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8 -0.4

Coffee

0.149 9.8 0.0 -0.8 -0.9 -0.5

Roasted coffee(3)

  11.0 0.4 -0.7 -1.3 -0.2

Instant and freeze dried coffee(1)(3)

  2.0 -2.6 -0.3 -1.1 -2.6

Other beverage materials including tea(2)

0.094 -0.6 -0.8 -0.6 -0.5 -1.1

Other food at home

2.291 5.0 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.3

Sugar and sweets(1)

0.308 4.6 0.5 1.4 0.1 0.5

Sugar and artificial sweeteners

0.062 4.3 -1.6 0.6 -0.6 -1.0

Candy and chewing gum(1)(2)

0.183 5.2 1.6 0.7 0.2 1.6

Other sweets(2)

0.064 3.4 -0.4 -0.6 1.2 -1.2

Fats and oils

0.267 8.9 0.1 1.4 -0.7 0.8

Butter and margarine(2)

0.077 1.5 -1.6 -0.4 -0.3 0.1

Butter(3)

  -8.5 -3.5 3.7 -2.3 -3.5

Margarine(3)

  11.1 0.4 -1.3 0.1 1.7

Salad dressing(1)(2)

0.067 4.3 0.5 1.4 -1.3 0.5

Other fats and oils including peanut butter(2)

0.122 16.7 1.0 2.9 -0.7 1.1

Peanut butter(1)(2)(3)

  40.7 0.8 6.9 2.8 0.8

Other foods

1.715 4.5 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.1

Soups

0.097 6.0 3.1 0.8 1.1 1.5

Frozen and freeze dried prepared foods(1)

0.303 3.0 1.0 0.5 -0.4 1.0

Snacks(1)

0.325 8.0 0.3 1.0 1.1 0.3

Spices, seasonings, condiments, sauces

0.292 3.5 -0.3 0.2 0.6 0.0

Salt and other seasonings and spices(2)(3)

  7.6 -1.3 2.8 -0.1 -1.0

Olives, pickles, relishes(1)(2)(3)

  -0.5 0.5 8.9 -0.9 0.5

Sauces and gravies(2)(3)

  2.5 0.4 -0.4 1.2 0.5

Other condiments(1)(3)

  4.2 -0.9 4.5 0.2 -0.9

Baby food(1)(2)

0.072 6.1 0.0 0.5 -0.1 0.0

Other miscellaneous foods(1)(2)

0.626 3.4 -0.3 -0.6 1.3 -0.3

Prepared salads(1)(3)(4)

  3.1 0.3 -0.4 0.0 0.3

Food away from home(1)

5.648 3.0 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.2

Full service meals and snacks(1)(2)

2.682 2.7 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.2

Limited service meals and snacks(1)(2)

2.266 3.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.3

Food at employee sites and schools(2)

0.258 3.8 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3

Food at elementary and secondary schools(1)(3)(5)

  3.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0

Food from vending machines and mobile vendors(1)(2)

0.082 4.0 -0.3 0.8 0.0 -0.3

Other food away from home(1)(2)

0.361 2.2 -0.1 1.1 -0.2 -0.1

Energy

10.022 4.6 4.5 0.2 3.2 0.9

Energy commodities

6.222 8.7 7.6 0.9 5.7 1.7

Fuel oil and other fuels(1)

0.350 4.3 1.8 1.2 1.7 1.8

Fuel oil(1)

0.237 5.3 2.7 1.4 2.8 2.7

Propane, kerosene, and firewood(1)(6)

0.113 2.4 -0.2 -1.3 0.0 -0.1

Motor fuel

5.872 9.0 8.0 0.8 6.0 1.7

Gasoline (all types)

5.681 9.0 8.1 0.9 6.0 1.7

Gasoline, unleaded regular(3)

  9.1 8.2 0.9 6.1 1.6

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(3)(7)

  9.0 8.2 0.8 5.7 2.0

Gasoline, unleaded premium(3)

  8.7 7.6 0.7 5.8 1.7

Other motor fuels(2)

0.191 6.2 4.9 1.9 1.5 3.7

Energy services(8)

3.800 -1.8 -0.6 -0.8 -0.8 -0.4

Electricity(8)

2.894 0.6 -0.5 0.0 0.0 -0.8

Utility (piped) gas service(8)

0.907 -9.1 -0.9 -2.9 -3.4 0.9

All items less food and energy

75.722 2.3 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2

Commodities less food and energy commodities

19.773 2.1 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.2

Household furnishings and supplies(9)

3.379 0.8 -0.1 0.3 0.5 -0.1

Window and floor coverings and other linens(1)(2)

0.279 -1.4 0.3 -0.2 0.0 0.3

Floor coverings(1)(2)

0.039 0.3 -0.4 -0.6 -0.1 -0.4

Window coverings(1)(2)

0.077 -0.6 -0.9 0.1 0.5 -0.9

Other linens(1)(2)

0.163 -2.4 1.0 -0.3 -0.2 1.0

Furniture and bedding(1)

0.718 2.1 0.8 -0.4 -0.2 0.8

Bedroom furniture(1)

0.235 1.4 0.9 -1.3 -1.2 0.9

Living room, kitchen, and dining room furniture(1)(2)

0.341 3.2 0.6 0.3 0.0 0.6

Other furniture(2)

0.135 0.6 1.3 -0.7 0.1 -1.0

Infants' furniture(1)(3)(5)

           

Appliances(2)

0.293 4.6 -0.1 1.6 0.9 0.2

Major appliances(2)

0.168 9.0 0.7 2.2 1.6 0.7

Laundry equipment(3)

  11.5 1.1 2.9 2.0 1.1

Other appliances(1)(2)

0.122 -1.5 -1.1 1.6 0.7 -1.1

Other household equipment and furnishings(1)(2)

0.503 -4.9 -1.4 0.6 0.8 -1.4

Clocks, lamps, and decorator items(1)

0.266 -7.1 -1.9 0.8 0.7 -1.9

Indoor plants and flowers(10)

0.104 -1.3 -0.7 -0.9 0.5 -0.9

Dishes and flatware(1)(2)

0.049 -7.3 -2.2 2.6 0.3 -2.2

Nonelectric cookware and tableware(2)

0.084 -0.6 -0.1 0.2 -1.2 -0.4

Tools, hardware, outdoor equipment and supplies(2)

0.687 -0.3 -0.2 0.5 0.4 -0.7

Tools, hardware and supplies(1)(2)

0.174 2.6 -0.2 0.4 0.8 -0.2

Outdoor equipment and supplies(2)

0.366 -1.4 -0.2 0.4 0.5 -0.9

Housekeeping supplies(1)

0.899 3.7 -0.2 0.1 0.5 -0.2

Household cleaning products(1)(2)

0.366 2.9 0.0 -0.3 0.2 0.0

Household paper products(1)(2)

0.243 4.6 0.2 0.4 0.7 0.2

Miscellaneous household products(1)(2)

0.291 3.8 -0.7 0.3 0.8 -0.7

Apparel

3.527 4.9 3.2 0.9 -0.9 0.5

Men's and boys' apparel

0.850 6.2 2.5 1.0 -1.7 0.8

Men's apparel

0.677 5.1 1.5 1.7 -1.7 -0.2

Men's suits, sport coats, and outerwear

0.123 5.1 2.6 6.3 -3.0 -0.4

Men's furnishings

0.179 5.5 0.6 -0.2 -1.7 -0.5

Men's shirts and sweaters(2)

0.208 4.8 1.1 0.1 -1.9 -0.8

Men's pants and shorts

0.160 6.2 2.3 1.9 0.1 -0.1

Boys' apparel

0.173 10.4 6.2 -0.8 -0.5 6.2

Women's and girls' apparel

1.482 5.5 5.0 1.3 -0.8 0.3

Women's apparel

1.232 4.9 5.1 1.2 -0.5 0.3

Women's outerwear

0.086 3.1 1.1 0.4 1.8 -3.4

Women's dresses

0.163 15.3 19.0 -3.7 10.7 8.8

Women's suits and separates(2)

0.579 1.3 4.2 2.7 -1.5 -1.5

Women's underwear, nightwear, sportswear and accessories(2)

0.389 5.4 1.7 0.8 -3.4 -1.1

Girls' apparel

0.249 8.9 4.4 1.9 -2.6 0.5

Footwear

0.669 1.2 1.9 -0.3 0.1 0.6

Men's footwear(1)

0.208 1.7 0.1 -0.3 0.9 0.1

Boys' and girls' footwear

0.148 -0.3 1.8 0.0 -1.4 1.0

Women's footwear

0.313 1.5 3.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.0

Infants' and toddlers' apparel

0.199 7.5 1.5 1.6 -0.9 0.2

Jewelry and watches(6)

0.327 5.3 0.6 0.7 -1.0 0.5

Watches(1)(6)

0.089 1.2 1.6 0.6 0.8 1.6

Jewelry(6)

0.239 5.9 0.2 1.6 -1.6 0.2

Transportation commodities less motor fuel(9)

5.585 2.9 0.4 -0.3 0.3 0.6

New vehicles

3.197 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.2

New cars and trucks(2)(3)

  2.5 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.2

New cars(3)

  2.7 -0.1 -0.2 0.5 0.2

New trucks(3)(11)

  2.2 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.2

Used cars and trucks

1.882 3.2 1.1 -1.0 -0.2 1.3

Motor vehicle parts and equipment(1)

0.436 5.4 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.0

Tires(1)

0.298 5.8 -0.3 0.7 0.1 -0.3

Vehicle accessories other than tires(1)(2)

0.139 4.6 0.7 -0.1 0.0 0.7

Vehicle parts and equipment other than tires(1)(3)

  2.3 0.4 -0.1 0.2 0.4

Motor oil, coolant, and fluids(1)(3)

  15.2 1.8 0.1 -0.4 1.8

Medical care commodities(1)

1.725 3.3 0.4 0.6 0.8 0.4

Medicinal drugs(1)(9)

1.646 3.4 0.4 0.6 0.8 0.4

Prescription drugs

1.335 4.2 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.3

Nonprescription drugs(1)(9)

0.311 0.1 1.0 -0.4 -0.5 1.0

Medical equipment and supplies(1)(9)

0.079 0.5 -0.3 0.1 0.7 -0.3

Recreation commodities(9)

2.340 -1.3 -0.1 0.2 0.3 -0.2

Video and audio products(9)

0.432 -9.3 -0.8 -0.2 -0.6 -1.2

Televisions

0.172 -18.7 -1.5 -1.0 -1.9 -2.6

Other video equipment(1)(2)

0.028 -11.4 -2.3 -1.4 1.5 -2.3

Audio equipment(1)

0.074 -6.2 -0.5 0.4 -0.8 -0.5

Audio discs, tapes and other media(1)(2)

0.045 -3.7 -0.2 0.3 0.2 -0.2

Pets and pet products(1)

0.690 2.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.5

Pet food(1)(2)(3)

  3.2 0.6 0.6 0.2 0.6

Purchase of pets, pet supplies, accessories(1)(2)(3)

  1.1 0.6 -0.9 0.8 0.6

Sporting goods(1)

0.464 -0.3 -0.3 0.2 0.6 -0.3

Sports vehicles including bicycles(1)

0.244 2.0 -0.4 -0.1 0.5 -0.4

Sports equipment(1)

0.210 -3.1 -0.1 0.6 0.7 -0.1

Photographic equipment and supplies

0.054 -2.4 -0.6 -1.5 0.9 -1.0

Film and photographic supplies(1)(2)(3)

  8.3 0.4 -0.4 1.0 0.4

Photographic equipment(2)(3)

  -4.6 -0.6 -2.0 0.9 -0.7

Recreational reading materials(1)

0.222 1.5 0.7 0.5 -0.5 0.7

Newspapers and magazines(1)(2)

0.120 4.8 1.1 1.3 -0.7 1.1

Recreational books(1)(2)

0.099 -2.4 0.3 -0.4 -0.2 0.3

Other recreational goods(2)

0.477 -2.3 -0.7 0.9 0.7 -0.7

Toys(1)

0.357 -3.3 -0.9 1.1 1.1 -0.9

Toys, games, hobbies and playground equipment(1)(2)(3)

  0.2 -1.0 1.3 2.2 -1.0

Sewing machines, fabric and supplies(2)

0.061 1.8 0.6 -0.8 -0.6 0.6

Music instruments and accessories(2)

0.039 -1.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.3 -0.2

Education and communication commodities(9)

0.608 -3.5 -0.4 0.0 0.1 -0.5

Educational books and supplies

0.202 5.3 0.4 0.8 0.1 0.6

College textbooks(1)(3)(12)

  5.6 0.4 1.4 0.2 0.4

Information technology commodities(9)

0.406 -8.8 -0.8 -0.3 0.0 -1.0

Personal computers and peripheral equipment(4)

0.268 -11.1 -0.9 -0.6 0.2 -1.3

Computer software and accessories(1)(2)

0.049 -3.3 -0.8 -0.2 -1.7 -0.8

Telephone hardware, calculators, and other consumer information items(1)(2)

0.089 -4.4 -0.2 0.5 0.5 -0.2

Alcoholic beverages

0.953 2.0 -0.2 0.8 0.3 -0.2

Alcoholic beverages at home

0.576 0.9 -0.1 0.8 -0.1 0.0

Beer, ale, and other malt beverages at home

0.275 2.5 0.0 0.8 0.5 0.1

Distilled spirits at home(1)

0.072 0.3 -0.6 0.6 -0.4 -0.3

Whiskey at home(3)

  1.2 -1.0 0.9 -1.7 -1.2

Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home(1)(3)

  0.5 0.0 1.2 0.3 0.0

Wine at home

0.229 -1.1 -0.2 0.6 -0.4 -0.1

Alcoholic beverages away from home(1)

0.377 3.6 -0.4 0.8 0.5 -0.4

Beer, ale, and other malt beverages away from home(1)(2)(3)

  1.7 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0

Wine away from home(1)(2)(3)

  2.7 0.1 0.7 0.5 0.1

Distilled spirits away from home(1)(2)(3)

  4.2 -0.8 0.8 0.7 -0.8

Other goods(9)

1.656 1.3 0.4 0.4 -0.4 0.3

Tobacco and smoking products(1)

0.798 1.8 -0.3 0.5 -0.4 -0.3

Cigarettes(1)(2)

0.738 1.7 -0.3 0.5 -0.4 -0.3

Tobacco products other than cigarettes(1)(2)

0.054 3.5 0.2 0.5 -0.1 0.2

Personal care products(1)

0.649 1.0 1.2 0.3 -0.4 1.2

Hair, dental, shaving, and miscellaneous personal care products(1)(2)

0.340 0.8 1.5 0.2 0.0 1.5

Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements(1)

0.303 1.1 1.0 0.3 -0.9 1.0

Miscellaneous personal goods(2)

0.209 -0.3 -0.1 0.7 -0.2 -0.5

Stationery, stationery supplies, gift wrap(3)

  0.4 -0.1 0.5 -0.5 -0.4

Infants' equipment(1)(3)(5)

  -3.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Services less energy services

55.949 2.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2

Shelter

31.413 2.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2

Rent of shelter(13)

31.068 2.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.2

Rent of primary residence(8)

6.453 2.5 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

Lodging away from home(2)

0.793 3.5 3.3 0.2 1.9 0.3

Housing at school, excluding board(8)(13)

0.154 3.8 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.3

Other lodging away from home including hotels and motels

0.639 3.4 4.1 0.2 2.2 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(8)(13)

23.823 2.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(8)(13)

22.416 2.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2

Tenants' and household insurance(1)(2)

0.345 3.3 0.6 0.3 -0.6 0.6

Water and sewer and trash collection services(2)

1.163 4.8 0.4 0.3 0.7 0.6

Water and sewerage maintenance(8)

0.874 5.6 0.5 0.3 0.8 0.7

Garbage and trash collection(1)(11)

0.288 2.5 0.3 0.0 0.4 0.3

Household operations(1)(2)

0.727 2.5 0.1 0.6 0.4 0.1

Domestic services(1)(2)

0.250 1.2 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0

Gardening and lawncare services(1)(2)

0.238 2.1 0.0 1.0 0.1 0.0

Moving, storage, freight expense(1)(2)

0.091 4.5 0.5 0.3 2.6 0.5

Repair of household items(1)(2)

0.076 6.2 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.3

Medical care services

5.358 3.5 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.3

Professional services

2.989 1.4 0.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.2

Physicians' services(8)

1.600 1.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.5 0.2

Dental services(8)

0.760 2.2 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.2

Eyeglasses and eye care(6)

0.251 0.5 -0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.2

Services by other medical professionals(1)(8)(6)

0.378 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.1

Hospital and related services

1.745 4.8 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.2

Hospital services(8)(14)

1.522 5.2 0.0 0.3 -0.1 0.2

Inpatient hospital services(8)(14)(3)

  5.3 0.0 0.4 -0.5 0.1

Outpatient hospital services(8)(3)(6)

  4.9 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.2

Nursing homes and adult day services(8)(14)

0.137 3.3 0.1 0.5 0.6 0.3

Care of invalids and elderly at home(1)(5)

0.086 1.2 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0

Health insurance(1)(5)

0.624 11.3 1.3 1.8 1.6 1.3

Transportation services

5.739 1.4 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.3

Leased cars and trucks(12)

0.392 -4.3 0.0 -0.5 -1.0 0.0

Car and truck rental(2)

0.066 -1.7 3.7 -0.6 -2.6 2.0

Motor vehicle maintenance and repair(1)

1.151 2.3 -0.1 0.3 0.2 -0.1

Motor vehicle body work(1)

0.057 1.9 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3

Motor vehicle maintenance and servicing(1)

0.458 2.4 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Motor vehicle repair(1)(2)

0.600 2.3 -0.4 0.4 0.3 -0.4

Motor vehicle insurance

2.401 2.8 0.2 0.1 -0.2 0.5

Motor vehicle fees(1)(2)

0.563 3.0 0.0 1.4 -0.1 0.0

State motor vehicle registration and license fees(1)(8)(2)

0.328 0.9 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 0.0

Parking and other fees(1)(2)

0.212 6.4 0.0 3.9 0.2 0.0

Parking fees and tolls(1)(2)(3)

  8.8 0.1 5.0 0.3 0.1

Automobile service clubs(1)(2)(3)

  0.9 0.1 0.8 -0.1 0.1

Public transportation

1.166 -0.3 1.4 -0.8 -0.2 0.5

Airline fare

0.759 -0.8 1.8 -0.9 -0.1 0.4

Other intercity transportation

0.146 -2.8 0.6 -1.0 -0.2 0.1

Intercity bus fare(1)(3)(4)

    1.0 -1.2 -2.7 1.0

Intercity train fare(1)(3)(4)

  -4.5 4.5 -5.9 -0.6 4.5

Ship fare(1)(2)(3)

  -3.5 -0.3 -1.5 0.0 -0.3

Intracity transportation(1)

0.258 3.0 0.7 0.0 0.5 0.7

Intracity mass transit(1)(3)(9)

  2.0 0.0 0.1 0.6 0.0

Recreation services(9)

3.695 2.9 0.6 0.8 -0.3 0.4

Video and audio services(9)

1.497 4.4 0.9 0.8 0.3 0.5

Cable and satellite television and radio service(11)

1.385 4.4 0.9 0.8 0.5 0.5

Video discs and other media, including rental of video and audio(1)(2)

0.112 3.4 0.3 0.6 -1.4 0.3

Video discs and other media(1)(2)(3)

  -6.9 0.4 -0.9 -1.7 0.4

Rental of video or audio discs and other media(1)(2)(3)

  13.2 0.6 1.7 -0.3 0.6

Pet services including veterinary(2)

0.407 3.2 0.4 0.0 -0.3 0.3

Pet services(1)(2)(3)

  2.8 0.4 0.5 -0.1 0.4

Veterinarian services(2)(3)

  2.8 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Photographers and film processing(1)(2)

0.058 2.6 0.3 -0.3 -0.2 0.3

Photographer fees(1)(2)(3)

  3.4 0.1 0.0 -0.5 0.1

Film processing(1)(2)(3)

  2.6 0.3 -0.3 0.1 0.3

Other recreation services(2)

1.732 1.6 0.4 1.1 -0.8 0.4

Club dues and fees for participant sports and group exercises(2)

0.568 3.4 0.9 0.3 -0.8 0.9

Admissions(1)

0.629 0.5 0.1 2.1 -0.9 0.1

Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts(1)(2)(3)

  0.3 -0.1 1.9 -1.0 -0.1

Admission to sporting events(1)(2)(3)

  1.3 0.7 3.0 -1.0 0.7

Fees for lessons or instructions(1)(6)

0.230 0.6 -0.1 0.4 0.2 -0.1

Education and communication services(9)

6.153 2.5 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.2

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare

2.990 4.3 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.3

College tuition and fees

1.678 5.4 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.5

Elementary and high school tuition and fees

0.379 3.6 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.2

Child care and nursery school(10)

0.772 2.4 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.2

Technical and business school tuition and fees(2)

0.059 6.4 0.2 0.3 1.0 0.6

Postage and delivery services(2)

0.150 4.1 0.0 -0.2 2.8 0.2

Postage(1)

0.139 3.9 0.0 -0.6 3.1 0.2

Delivery services(1)(2)

0.010 6.7 -0.1 4.6 -0.8 -0.1

Telephone services(1)(2)

2.416 0.5 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.1

Wireless telephone services(1)(2)

1.471 -0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Land-line telephone services(1)(9)

0.945 2.1 0.1 0.8 0.1 0.1

Internet services and electronic information providers(1)(2)

0.583 0.1 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.3

Other personal services(9)

1.701 2.2 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2

Personal care services(1)

0.629 1.4 0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.2

Haircuts and other personal care services(1)(2)

0.629 1.4 0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.2

Miscellaneous personal services

1.072 2.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

Legal services(6)

0.295 2.0 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.3

Funeral expenses(6)

0.159 1.9 -0.5 0.3 0.2 -0.5

Laundry and dry cleaning services(2)

0.239 1.6 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1

Apparel services other than laundry and dry cleaning(1)(2)

0.030 4.7 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.3

Financial services(1)(6)

0.208 5.7 1.0 0.0 -0.9 1.0

Checking account and other bank services(1)(2)(3)

  8.9 0.1 0.0 2.0 0.1

Tax return preparation and other accounting fees(2)(3)

  5.8 1.4 -1.3 0.5 1.4

Footnotes
(1) Not seasonally adjusted.
(2) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(3) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 2005=100 base.
(6) Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
(7) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(8) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(9) Indexes on a December 2009=100 base.
(10) Indexes on a December 1990=100 base.
(11) Indexes on a December 1983=100 base.
(12) Indexes on a December 2001=100 base.
(13) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(14) Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Table 3. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category, March 2012
[1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted]
Special aggregate indexes Relative
importance
Feb.
2012
Unadjusted indexes Unadjusted percent change Seasonally adjusted percent change
Mar.
2011
Feb.
2012
Mar.
2012
Mar.
2011-
Mar.
2012
Feb.
2012-
Mar.
2012
Dec.
2011-
Jan.
2012
Jan.
2012-
Feb.
2012
Feb.
2012-
Mar.
2012

All items less food

85.745 223.192 226.927 228.887 2.6 0.9 0.2 0.5 0.3

All items less shelter

68.587 215.505 219.580 221.744 2.9 1.0 0.2 0.5 0.3

All items less food and shelter

54.332 212.646 215.995 218.608 2.8 1.2 0.2 0.7 0.4

All items less food, shelter, and energy

44.309 209.189 213.123 214.112 2.4 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.3

All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks

42.427 213.108 217.090 218.033 2.3 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.2

All items less medical care

92.917 214.907 218.737 220.483 2.6 0.8 0.2 0.4 0.3

All items less energy

89.978 223.315 227.925 228.705 2.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2

Commodities

40.250 182.728 186.279 189.201 3.5 1.6 0.3 0.9 0.4

Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks

17.891 145.418 147.311 148.264 2.0 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.1

Commodities less food

25.995 161.804 163.994 167.858 3.7 2.4 0.5 1.4 0.6

Commodities less food and beverages

25.041 159.351 161.451 165.413 3.8 2.5 0.4 1.4 0.6

Services

59.750 263.956 268.819 269.396 2.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2

Services less rent of shelter(1)

28.682 288.077 293.406 293.886 2.0 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.2

Services less medical care services

54.392 251.834 256.123 256.675 1.9 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.1

Durables

8.930 111.707 112.780 112.926 1.1 0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.1

Nondurables

31.320 217.791 222.634 227.039 4.2 2.0 0.5 1.0 0.6

Nondurables less food

17.065 209.282 212.459 219.940 5.1 3.5 0.8 1.9 0.8

Nondurables less food and beverages

16.112 208.134 211.182 219.086 5.3 3.7 0.8 1.9 0.9

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

12.585 266.993 270.682 281.225 5.3 3.9 0.6 2.8 1.1

Nondurables less food and apparel

13.538 262.068 265.898 275.483 5.1 3.6 0.7 2.7 1.0

Housing

40.832 217.707 221.117 221.487 1.7 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1

Education and communication(2)

6.761 130.682 133.199 133.235 2.0 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.2

Education(2)

3.192 204.251 213.039 213.132 4.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3

Communication(2)

3.569 83.730 83.446 83.456 -0.3 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0

Information and information processing(2)

3.420 80.364 79.928 79.939 -0.5 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.0

Information technology, hardware and services(3)

1.004 9.196 8.873 8.862 -3.6 -0.1 0.2 0.1 -0.2

Recreation(2)

6.035 113.261 114.333 114.675 1.2 0.3 0.6 -0.1 0.2

Video and audio(2)

1.930 98.719 99.371 99.856 1.2 0.5 0.6 0.1 0.1

Pets, pet products and services(2)

1.097 157.510 161.251 161.992 2.8 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.4

Photography(2)

0.114 78.758 79.287 79.173 0.5 -0.1 -0.7 0.3 -0.3

Food and beverages

15.209 225.479 232.453 232.708 3.2 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1

Domestically produced farm food(4)

7.263 229.655 237.911 238.154 3.7 0.1 0.7 -0.1 0.1

Other services

11.549 312.310 319.510 320.315 2.6 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.3

Apparel less footwear

2.858 115.256 117.821 121.954 5.8 3.5 1.2 -1.1 0.5

Fuels and utilities

5.313 216.672 217.189 216.667 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3 -0.1

Household energy

4.151 190.071 188.393 187.591 -1.3 -0.4 -0.6 -0.6 -0.2

Medical care

7.083 397.726 410.466 411.498 3.5 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3

Transportation

17.196 211.014 214.429 220.842 4.7 3.0 0.3 2.1 0.9

Private transportation

16.030 206.165 210.013 216.536 5.0 3.1 0.4 2.2 0.9

New and used motor vehicles(2)

5.607 98.275 99.889 100.325 2.1 0.4 -0.4 0.2 0.6

Utilities and public transportation

9.930 204.571 205.398 205.637 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0

Household furnishings and operations

4.106 124.735 126.180 126.107 1.1 -0.1 0.1 0.3 -0.2

Other goods and services

3.357 385.637 391.236 392.364 1.7 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.2

Personal care

2.559 207.758 210.330 211.289 1.7 0.5 0.1 -0.1 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(2) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
(4) Not seasonally adjusted.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Table 4. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index, March 2012
[1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted]
Area Pricing
Schedule(1)
Percent change to Mar. 2012 from: Percent change to Feb. 2012 from:
Mar.
2011
Jan.
2012
Feb.
2012
Feb.
2011
Dec.
2011
Jan.
2012

U.S. city average

M

2.7 1.2 0.8 2.9 0.9 0.4

Region and area size(2)

Northeast urban

M

2.5 0.9 0.5 2.8 0.8 0.4

Size A - More than 1,500,000

M

2.4 0.9 0.5 2.7 0.8 0.4

Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000(3)

M

2.8 1.0 0.5 3.3 0.8 0.5

Midwest urban

M

2.8 1.2 1.0 2.7 0.8 0.2

Size A - More than 1,500,000

M

2.7 1.1 0.9 2.8 0.8 0.2

Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000(3)

M

3.0 1.5 1.2 2.6 0.7 0.2

Size D - Nonmetropolitan (less than 50,000)

M

2.9 1.0 0.6 3.1 1.0 0.4

South urban

M

2.8 1.3 0.7 3.3 1.1 0.6

Size A - More than 1,500,000

M

2.7 1.4 0.7 3.0 1.2 0.7

Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000(3)

M

2.8 1.2 0.7 3.3 0.9 0.5

Size D - Nonmetropolitan (less than 50,000)

M

3.5 1.3 0.8 4.3 1.4 0.5

West urban

M

2.4 1.3 0.9 2.5 0.8 0.4

Size A - More than 1,500,000

M

2.4 1.4 0.9 2.5 0.9 0.5

Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000(3)

M

2.2 1.3 0.9 2.3 0.7 0.4

Size classes

A(4)

M

2.5 1.2 0.7 2.7 0.9 0.4

B/C(3)

M

2.7 1.2 0.8 3.0 0.8 0.4

D

M

3.2 1.2 0.8 3.5 1.1 0.4

Selected local areas(5)

Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI

M

2.1 1.3 1.2 1.6 0.7 0.0

Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA

M

2.0 1.5 1.0 2.1 1.3 0.5

New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA

M

2.6 1.0 0.6 2.6 0.8 0.4

Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT

1

1.8 0.5        

Cleveland-Akron, OH

1

2.6 1.3        

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

1

2.7 1.6        

Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV(6)

1

2.8 1.3        

Atlanta, GA

2

      2.4 1.0  

Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI

2

      3.9 0.6  

Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX

2

      3.6 1.9  

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

2

      2.9 1.0  

Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD

2

      2.2 0.7  

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

2

      3.0 1.1  

Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA

2

      2.7 0.4  

Footnotes
(1) Foods, fuels, and several other items are priced every month in all areas. Most other goods and services are priced as indicated: M - Every month. 1 - January, March, May, July, September, and November. 2 - February, April, June, August, October, and December.
(2) Regions defined as the four Census regions.
(3) Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
(4) Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
(5) In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI; Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA; St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
(6) Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.

NOTE: Local area indexes are byproducts of the national CPI program. Each local index has a smaller sample size than the national index and is, therefore, subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are similar. Therefore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics strongly urges users to consider adopting the national average CPI for use in their escalator clauses.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Table 5. Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) and the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, all items index, March 2012
[Percent changes]
Month Year Unadjusted 1-month percent change Unadjusted 12-month percent change
C-CPI-U(1) CPI-U C-CPI-U(1) CPI-U

December 2000

    2.6 3.4

December 2001

    1.3 1.6

December 2002

    2.0 2.4

December 2003

    1.7 1.9

December 2004

    3.2 3.3

December 2005

    2.9 3.4

December 2006

    2.3 2.5

December 2007

    3.7 4.1

December 2008

    0.2 0.1

December 2009

    2.5 2.7

January 2010

0.4 0.3 2.4 2.6

February 2010

0.0 0.0 1.9 2.1

March 2010

0.4 0.4 2.1 2.3

April 2010

0.1 0.2 2.1 2.2

May 2010

0.0 0.1 1.8 2.0

June 2010

-0.1 -0.1 0.8 1.1

July 2010

0.0 0.0 1.0 1.2

August 2010

0.2 0.1 0.9 1.1

September 2010

0.1 0.1 0.9 1.1

October 2010

0.1 0.1 0.9 1.2

November 2010

0.0 0.0 0.9 1.1

December 2010

0.2 0.2 1.3 1.5

January 2011

0.4 0.5 1.4 1.6

February 2011

0.5 0.5 1.9 2.1

March 2011

0.8 1.0 2.3 2.7

April 2011

0.6 0.6 2.7 3.2

May 2011

0.4 0.5 3.1 3.6

June 2011

0.0 -0.1 3.2 3.6

July 2011

0.1 0.1 3.3 3.6

August 2011

0.3 0.3 3.4 3.8

September 2011

0.2 0.2 3.5 3.9

October 2011

-0.2 -0.2 3.2 3.5

November 2011

-0.1 -0.1 3.1 3.4

December 2011

-0.2 -0.2 2.7 3.0

January 2012

0.4 0.4 2.7 2.9

February 2012

0.4 0.4 2.6 2.9

March 2012

0.6 0.8 2.4 2.7

Footnotes
(1) The C-CPI-U is designed to be a closer approximation to a cost-of-living index in that it, in its final form, accounts for any substitution that consumers make across item categories in response to changes in relative prices. Since the expenditure data required for the calculation of the C-CPI-U are available only with a time lag, the C-CPI-U is being issued first in preliminary form using the latest available expenditure data at that time and is subject to two revisions.

NOTE: Indexes for 2012 are intial estimates. Indexes for 2011 are interim adjustments. Data prior to 2011 are final.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Table 6. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category, March 2012, 1-month analysis table
[1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted]
Expenditure category Relative
importance
Feb.
2012
One Month
Seasonally adjusted percent change
Feb. 2012-
Mar. 2012
Seasonally adjusted effect on All Items
Feb. 2012-
Mar. 2012(1)
Standard error, median price change(2) Largest (L) or Smallest (S) seasonally adjusted change since:(3)
Date Percent change

All items

100.000 0.3   0.03 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Food

14.255 0.2 0.023 0.08 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Food at home

8.608 0.1 0.012 0.14 L-Dec. 2011 0.2

Cereals and bakery products

1.240 -0.2 -0.003 0.35 S-Oct. 2010 -0.2

Cereals and cereal products

0.478 -0.3 -0.001 0.50 L-Jan. 2012 0.0

Flour and prepared flour mixes

0.053 1.6 0.001 0.88 L-Sep. 2011 1.7

Breakfast cereal(4)

0.292 0.0 0.000 0.69 L-Dec. 2011 0.7

Rice, pasta, cornmeal(4)

0.133 -1.3 -0.002 0.72 S-Sep. 2009 -1.9

Rice(4)(5)(6)

  -1.4   0.81 S-Sep. 2010 -1.4

Bakery products

0.762 -0.2 -0.001 0.43 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Bread(5)

0.223 -0.4 -0.001 0.89 S-Jan. 2012 -1.0

White bread(4)(6)

  -0.6   1.19 S-Jan. 2012 -1.4

Bread other than white(4)(6)

  -0.2   1.30 S-Jan. 2012 -2.4

Fresh biscuits, rolls, muffins(4)(5)

0.114 0.1 0.000 0.61 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies

0.184 0.3 0.001 0.88 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Cookies(4)(6)

  -0.6   0.95 S-Aug. 2011 -0.6

Fresh cakes and cupcakes(4)(6)

  0.6   0.97 S-Jan. 2012 -1.2

Other bakery products

0.241 -0.6 -0.001 0.78 S-Dec. 2010 -0.9

Fresh sweetrolls, coffeecakes, doughnuts(4)(6)

  -0.1   0.92 S-Dec. 2011 -1.1

Crackers, bread, and cracker products(6)

  -1.7   1.17 S-Jun. 2010 -1.9

Frozen and refrigerated bakery products, pies, tarts, turnovers(6)

  0.3   1.11 L-Jan. 2012 0.6

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

1.941 0.8 0.016 0.23 L-May 2011 1.2

Meats, poultry, and fish

1.833 0.7 0.013 0.24 L-Dec. 2011 0.8

Meats

1.194 0.5 0.006 0.28 L-Dec. 2011 0.8

Beef and veal(4)

0.551 0.8 0.004 0.41 L-Jan. 2012 1.1

Uncooked ground beef(4)

0.216 0.4 0.001 0.60 S-Nov. 2011 0.1

Uncooked beef roasts(4)(5)

0.081 0.0 0.000 1.10 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Uncooked beef steaks(4)(5)

0.202 1.4 0.003 0.79 L-Aug. 2011 2.3

Uncooked other beef and veal(4)(5)

0.051 1.2 0.001 0.73 L-Aug. 2011 1.7

Pork

0.374 -0.2 -0.001 0.48 S-Jan. 2012 -1.1

Bacon, breakfast sausage, and related products(5)

0.143 0.2 0.000 0.84 S-Jan. 2012 -0.8

Bacon and related products(6)

  0.5   1.07 L-Nov. 2011 1.9

Breakfast sausage and related products(4)(5)(6)

  -0.9   1.23 S-Nov. 2011 -1.3

Ham

0.077 2.4 0.002 0.98 L-Jan. 2010 3.4

Ham, excluding canned(6)

  2.5   1.04 L-Jan. 2010 4.1

Pork chops

0.061 -0.4 0.000 1.02 L-Jan. 2012 -0.4

Other pork including roasts and picnics(5)

0.093 -1.2 -0.001 1.09 S-Jan. 2012 -1.6

Other meats

0.268 0.7 0.002 0.63 S-Jan. 2012 -1.1

Frankfurters(6)

  0.7   2.08 S-Jan. 2012 -3.5

Lunchmeats(4)(5)(6)

  0.2   0.64 S-Jan. 2012 -0.7

Lamb and organ meats(4)(6)

  0.2   1.06 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Lamb and mutton(4)(5)(6)

  0.5   1.19 S-Jan. 2012 -3.1

Poultry

0.337 1.4 0.005 0.62 L-Jan. 2008 2.0

Chicken(5)

0.262 1.3 0.004 0.80 L-Jan. 2008 1.6

Fresh whole chicken(4)(6)

  1.5   1.91 L-Dec. 2011 2.3

Fresh and frozen chicken parts(4)(6)

  1.4   0.85 L-Nov. 2009 1.9

Other poultry including turkey(5)

0.075 1.5 0.001 0.80 S-Jan. 2012 -0.1

Fish and seafood(4)

0.303 1.0 0.003 0.52 L-May 2011 1.4

Fresh fish and seafood(4)(5)

0.156 0.9 0.001 0.75 L-May 2011 1.8

Processed fish and seafood(5)

0.146 1.7 0.002 0.70 L-May 2011 1.7

Shelf stable fish and seafood(4)(6)

  -0.2   1.17 L-Jan. 2012 1.1

Frozen fish and seafood(4)(6)

  0.2   1.03 L-Dec. 2011 1.7

Eggs

0.108 2.3 0.002 0.77 L-Sep. 2011 2.6

Dairy and related products(4)

0.912 -0.1 -0.001 0.31 L-Jan. 2012 0.9

Milk(4)(5)

0.295 -0.4 -0.001 0.33 L-Jan. 2012 0.7

Fresh whole milk(4)(6)

  -0.2   0.44 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Fresh milk other than whole(4)(5)(6)

  -0.5   0.48 L-Jan. 2012 1.1

Cheese and related products(4)

0.293 -0.6 -0.002 0.59 S-Jan. 2011 -2.1

Ice cream and related products

0.137 1.8 0.002 0.83 L-Feb. 2011 2.4

Other dairy and related products(5)

0.188 0.3 0.001 0.61 S-Jan. 2012 -0.2

Fruits and vegetables

1.264 -0.4 -0.005 0.37 L-Sep. 2011 0.6

Fresh fruits and vegetables

0.956 -0.4 -0.004 0.47 L-Sep. 2011 0.5

Fresh fruits

0.495 0.7 0.003 0.63 S-Jan. 2012 -1.8

Apples

0.085 -1.5 -0.001 1.15 S-May 2011 -1.8

Bananas

0.082 0.6 0.000 0.82 L-Oct. 2011 1.3

Citrus fruits(5)

0.103 1.4 0.002 1.48 L-Aug. 2011 2.3

Oranges, including tangerines(6)

  2.0   1.73 L-Nov. 2011 2.3

Other fresh fruits(5)

0.225 1.5 0.003 1.07 S-Jan. 2012 -3.1

Fresh vegetables

0.462 -1.6 -0.007 0.63 L-Jan. 2012 -1.0

Potatoes

0.083 -0.3 0.000 1.06 S-Jan. 2012 -1.6

Lettuce

0.062 -0.4 0.000 1.57 L-Dec. 2011 -0.4

Tomatoes(4)

0.078 0.1 0.000 1.80 L-Jan. 2012 0.1

Other fresh vegetables

0.239 -0.2 0.000 0.91 L-Dec. 2011 0.4

Processed fruits and vegetables(5)

0.308 -0.2 -0.001 0.47 S-Jan. 2012 -0.8

Canned fruits and vegetables(5)

0.154 -0.5 -0.001 0.69 S-Nov. 2010 -1.1

Canned fruits(5)(6)

  -1.0   0.81 S-Jan. 2012 -1.2

Canned vegetables(5)(6)

  0.2   0.98 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Frozen fruits and vegetables(5)

0.097 -0.4 0.000 0.87 S-Jan. 2012 -1.7

Frozen vegetables(6)

  -0.8   1.04 S-Jan. 2012 -2.1

Other processed fruits and vegetables including dried(5)

0.057 0.8 0.000 0.79 S-Jan. 2012 0.6

Dried beans, peas, and lentils(4)(5)(6)

  -0.6   1.19 S-Jul. 2011 -1.4

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

0.960 -0.2 -0.002 0.42 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Juices and nonalcoholic drinks(5)

0.717 -0.1 -0.001 0.50 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Carbonated drinks

0.296 -0.8 -0.002 0.72 S-Feb. 2011 -1.1

Frozen noncarbonated juices and drinks(4)(5)

0.014 0.4 0.000 1.09 - -

Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks(4)(5)

0.407 0.4 0.002 0.65 L-Dec. 2011 0.4

Beverage materials including coffee and tea(5)

0.244 -0.4 -0.001 0.59 L-Dec. 2011 0.6

Coffee

0.149 -0.5 -0.001 0.81 L-Dec. 2011 0.2

Roasted coffee(6)

  -0.2   0.77 L-Dec. 2011 0.7

Instant and freeze dried coffee(4)(6)

  -2.6   1.18 S-Nov. 2011 -2.7

Other beverage materials including tea(5)

0.094 -1.1 -0.001 0.77 S-Oct. 2010 -1.3

Other food at home

2.291 0.3 0.006 0.26 S-Nov. 2011 0.0

Sugar and sweets(4)

0.308 0.5 0.002 0.59 L-Jan. 2012 1.4

Sugar and artificial sweeteners

0.062 -1.0 -0.001 0.49 S-Jan. 2011 -1.3

Candy and chewing gum(4)(5)

0.183 1.6 0.003 0.92 L-Sep. 2011 2.5

Other sweets(5)

0.064 -1.2 -0.001 0.71 S-Dec. 2008 -1.4

Fats and oils

0.267 0.8 0.002 0.51 L-Jan. 2012 1.4

Butter and margarine(5)

0.077 0.1 0.000 0.79 L-Aug. 2011 0.6

Butter(6)

  -3.5   1.21 S-Nov. 2011 -5.9

Margarine(6)

  1.7   1.06 L-Aug. 2011 2.1

Salad dressing(4)(5)

0.067 0.5 0.000 0.80 L-Jan. 2012 1.4

Other fats and oils including peanut butter(5)

0.122 1.1 0.001 0.91 L-Jan. 2012 2.9

Peanut butter(4)(5)(6)

  0.8   1.09 S-Aug. 2011 -0.4

Other foods

1.715 0.1 0.003 0.31 S-Jan. 2011 -0.1

Soups

0.097 1.5 0.001 1.05 L-Feb. 2011 2.1

Frozen and freeze dried prepared foods(4)

0.303 1.0 0.003 0.76 L-Sep. 2011 1.0

Snacks(4)

0.325 0.3 0.001 0.75 S-Nov. 2011 0.0

Spices, seasonings, condiments, sauces

0.292 0.0 0.000 0.75 S-Nov. 2011 -0.2

Salt and other seasonings and spices(5)(6)

  -1.0   0.81 S-Apr. 2011 -1.2

Olives, pickles, relishes(4)(5)(6)

  0.5   1.36 L-Jan. 2012 8.9

Sauces and gravies(5)(6)

  0.5   1.40 S-Jan. 2012 -0.4

Other condiments(4)(6)

  -0.9   0.74 S-Dec. 2011 -1.4

Baby food(4)(5)

0.072 0.0 0.000 0.51 L-Jan. 2012 0.5

Other miscellaneous foods(4)(5)

0.626 -0.3 -0.002 0.57 S-Jan. 2012 -0.6

Prepared salads(4)(7)(6)

  0.3   0.89 L-Dec. 2011 0.9

Food away from home(4)

5.648 0.2 0.011 0.06 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Full service meals and snacks(4)(5)

2.682 0.2 0.005 0.07 - -

Limited service meals and snacks(4)(5)

2.266 0.3 0.006 0.10 L-Dec. 2011 0.3

Food at employee sites and schools(5)

0.258 0.3 0.001 0.14 - -

Food at elementary and secondary schools(4)(8)(6)

  0.0   0.12 - -

Food from vending machines and mobile vendors(4)(5)

0.082 -0.3 0.000 0.23 S-Jan. 2011 -0.7

Other food away from home(4)(5)

0.361 -0.1 0.000 0.12 L-Jan. 2012 1.1

Energy

10.022 0.9 0.095 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Energy commodities

6.222 1.7 0.111 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 0.9

Fuel oil and other fuels(4)

0.350 1.8 0.006 0.42 L-Nov. 2011 2.3

Fuel oil(4)

0.237 2.7 0.006 0.54 S-Jan. 2012 1.4

Propane, kerosene, and firewood(4)(9)

0.113 -0.1 0.000 0.44 S-Jan. 2012 -1.3

Motor fuel

5.872 1.7 0.104 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 0.8

Gasoline (all types)

5.681 1.7 0.100 0.12 S-Jan. 2012 0.9

Gasoline, unleaded regular(6)

  1.6   0.28 S-Jan. 2012 0.9

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(10)(6)

  2.0   0.27 S-Jan. 2012 0.8

Gasoline, unleaded premium(6)

  1.7   0.27 S-Jan. 2012 0.7

Other motor fuels(5)

0.191 3.7 0.007 0.16 L-Nov. 2011 4.1

Energy services(11)

3.800 -0.4 -0.016 0.16 L-Dec. 2011 -0.2

Electricity(11)

2.894 -0.8 -0.024 0.18 S-Jun. 2011 -0.9

Utility (piped) gas service(11)

0.907 0.9 0.008 0.18 L-Sep. 2011 1.5

All items less food and energy

75.722 0.2 0.174 0.04 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Commodities less food and energy commodities

19.773 0.2 0.041 0.09 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Household furnishings and supplies(12)

3.379 -0.1 -0.003 0.15 S-Nov. 2011 -0.2

Window and floor coverings and other linens(4)(5)

0.279 0.3 0.001 0.62 L-Sep. 2011 0.5

Floor coverings(4)(5)

0.039 -0.4 0.000 0.55 S-Jan. 2012 -0.6

Window coverings(4)(5)

0.077 -0.9 -0.001 0.68 S-Mar. 2011 -2.2

Other linens(4)(5)

0.163 1.0 0.002 0.92 L-Sep. 2011 1.3

Furniture and bedding(4)

0.718 0.8 0.006 0.34 L-Dec. 2011 0.9

Bedroom furniture(4)

0.235 0.9 0.002 0.65 L-Dec. 2011 1.5

Living room, kitchen, and dining room furniture(4)(5)

0.341 0.6 0.002 0.42 L-Aug. 2011 0.7

Other furniture(5)

0.135 -1.0 -0.001 0.73 S-Oct. 2011 -1.0

Infants' furniture(4)(8)(6)

           

Appliances(5)

0.293 0.2 0.001 0.38 S-Nov. 2011 -1.0

Major appliances(5)

0.168 0.7 0.001 0.48 S-Nov. 2011 -1.5

Laundry equipment(6)

  1.1   0.58 S-Nov. 2011 -1.4

Other appliances(4)(5)

0.122 -1.1 -0.001 0.59 S-Nov. 2011 -1.7

Other household equipment and furnishings(4)(5)

0.503 -1.4 -0.007 0.41 S-Sep. 2011 -1.5

Clocks, lamps, and decorator items(4)

0.266 -1.9 -0.005 0.51 S-Sep. 2011 -2.3

Indoor plants and flowers(13)

0.104 -0.9 -0.001 0.69 S-Jan. 2012 -0.9

Dishes and flatware(4)(5)

0.049 -2.2 -0.001 1.02 S-Nov. 2011 -3.8

Nonelectric cookware and tableware(5)

0.084 -0.4 0.000 0.51 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Tools, hardware, outdoor equipment and supplies(5)

0.687 -0.7 -0.005 0.28 S-Feb. 2010 -0.7

Tools, hardware and supplies(4)(5)

0.174 -0.2 0.000 0.35 S-Oct. 2011 -0.2

Outdoor equipment and supplies(5)

0.366 -0.9 -0.003 0.32 S-May 2011 -1.1

Housekeeping supplies(4)

0.899 -0.2 -0.001 0.27 S-Apr. 2011 -0.3

Household cleaning products(4)(5)

0.366 0.0 0.000 0.40 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Household paper products(4)(5)

0.243 0.2 0.000 0.38 S-Dec. 2011 0.2

Miscellaneous household products(4)(5)

0.291 -0.7 -0.002 0.47 S-Dec. 2010 -1.0

Apparel

3.527 0.5 0.018 0.39 L-Jan. 2012 0.9

Men's and boys' apparel

0.850 0.8 0.007 0.61 L-Jan. 2012 1.0

Men's apparel

0.677 -0.2 -0.002 0.65 L-Jan. 2012 1.7

Men's suits, sport coats, and outerwear

0.123 -0.4 -0.001 1.77 L-Jan. 2012 6.3

Men's furnishings

0.179 -0.5 -0.001 0.98 L-Jan. 2012 -0.2

Men's shirts and sweaters(5)

0.208 -0.8 -0.002 1.49 L-Jan. 2012 0.1

Men's pants and shorts

0.160 -0.1 0.000 1.32 S-Oct. 2011 -1.2

Boys' apparel

0.173 6.2 0.011 1.48 L-EVER -

Women's and girls' apparel

1.482 0.3 0.005 0.75 L-Jan. 2012 1.3

Women's apparel

1.232 0.3 0.004 0.82 L-Jan. 2012 1.2

Women's outerwear

0.086 -3.4 -0.003 3.37 S-Sep. 2011 -5.4

Women's dresses

0.163 8.8 0.015 2.67 S-Jan. 2012 -3.7

Women's suits and separates(5)

0.579 -1.5 -0.009 1.10 - -

Women's underwear, nightwear, sportswear and accessories(5)

0.389 -1.1 -0.004 1.16 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

Girls' apparel

0.249 0.5 0.001 2.09 L-Jan. 2012 1.9

Footwear

0.669 0.6 0.004 0.56 L-Aug. 2011 0.6

Men's footwear(4)

0.208 0.1 0.000 0.85 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Boys' and girls' footwear

0.148 1.0 0.001 1.22 L-Aug. 2011 2.3

Women's footwear

0.313 1.0 0.003 0.86 L-May 2011 1.4

Infants' and toddlers' apparel

0.199 0.2 0.000 1.00 L-Jan. 2012 1.6

Jewelry and watches(9)

0.327 0.5 0.002 1.36 L-Jan. 2012 0.7

Watches(4)(9)

0.089 1.6 0.001 0.78 L-Jan. 2011 1.8

Jewelry(9)

0.239 0.2 0.000 1.56 L-Jan. 2012 1.6

Transportation commodities less motor fuel(12)

5.585 0.6 0.033 0.07 L-Jun. 2011 0.8

New vehicles

3.197 0.2 0.007 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 0.0

New cars and trucks(5)(6)

  0.2   0.10 S-Jan. 2012 0.0

New cars(6)

  0.2   0.15 S-Jan. 2012 -0.2

New trucks(14)(6)

  0.2   0.11 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Used cars and trucks

1.882 1.3 0.025 0.02 L-Dec. 2009 2.3

Motor vehicle parts and equipment(4)

0.436 0.0 0.000 0.20 S-Oct. 2011 -0.2

Tires(4)

0.298 -0.3 -0.001 0.25 S-Sep. 2011 -0.3

Vehicle accessories other than tires(4)(5)

0.139 0.7 0.001 0.25 L-Sep. 2011 0.9

Vehicle parts and equipment other than tires(4)(6)

  0.4   0.25 L-Sep. 2011 0.8

Motor oil, coolant, and fluids(4)(6)

  1.8   0.64 L-Aug. 2011 2.2

Medical care commodities(4)

1.725 0.4 0.007 0.14 S-Dec. 2011 0.2

Medicinal drugs(4)(12)

1.646 0.4 0.007 0.15 S-Dec. 2011 0.2

Prescription drugs

1.335 0.3 0.004 0.14 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Nonprescription drugs(4)(12)

0.311 1.0 0.003 0.49 L-EVER -

Medical equipment and supplies(4)(12)

0.079 -0.3 0.000 0.47 S-Dec. 2011 -0.7

Recreation commodities(12)

2.340 -0.2 -0.005 0.18 S-Dec. 2011 -0.2

Video and audio products(12)

0.432 -1.2 -0.005 0.28 S-Dec. 2010 -1.2

Televisions

0.172 -2.6 -0.004 0.64 S-Apr. 2011 -2.6

Other video equipment(4)(5)

0.028 -2.3 -0.001 0.61 S-Dec. 2011 -2.8

Audio equipment(4)

0.074 -0.5 0.000 0.45 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Audio discs, tapes and other media(4)(5)

0.045 -0.2 0.000 0.47 S-Dec. 2011 -0.6

Pets and pet products(4)

0.690 0.5 0.004 0.39 L-Aug. 2011 0.9

Pet food(4)(5)(6)

  0.6   0.41 L-Jan. 2012 0.6

Purchase of pets, pet supplies, accessories(4)(5)(6)

  0.6   0.76 S-Jan. 2012 -0.9

Sporting goods(4)

0.464 -0.3 -0.001 0.31 S-Nov. 2011 -0.3

Sports vehicles including bicycles(4)

0.244 -0.4 -0.001 0.33 S-Aug. 2011 -0.4

Sports equipment(4)

0.210 -0.1 0.000 0.53 S-Dec. 2011 -0.7

Photographic equipment and supplies

0.054 -1.0 -0.001 0.62 S-Jan. 2012 -1.5

Film and photographic supplies(4)(5)(6)

  0.4   0.73 S-Jan. 2012 -0.4

Photographic equipment(5)(6)

  -0.7   0.82 S-Jan. 2012 -2.0

Recreational reading materials(4)

0.222 0.7 0.002 0.34 L-Feb. 2009 1.1

Newspapers and magazines(4)(5)

0.120 1.1 0.001 0.48 L-Jan. 2012 1.3

Recreational books(4)(5)

0.099 0.3 0.000 0.47 L-Oct. 2011 0.3

Other recreational goods(5)

0.477 -0.7 -0.003 0.44 S-Nov. 2011 -1.2

Toys(4)

0.357 -0.9 -0.003 0.53 S-Nov. 2011 -1.6

Toys, games, hobbies and playground equipment(4)(5)(6)

  -1.0   0.51 S-Nov. 2011 -1.5

Sewing machines, fabric and supplies(5)

0.061 0.6 0.000 0.91 L-Dec. 2011 1.0

Music instruments and accessories(5)

0.039 -0.2 0.000 0.42 L-Jan. 2012 0.1

Education and communication commodities(12)

0.608 -0.5 -0.003 0.34 S-Dec. 2011 -0.8

Educational books and supplies

0.202 0.6 0.001 0.29 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

College textbooks(4)(15)(6)

  0.4   0.24 L-Jan. 2012 1.4

Information technology commodities(12)

0.406 -1.0 -0.004 0.43 S-Dec. 2011 -1.4

Personal computers and peripheral equipment(7)

0.268 -1.3 -0.004 0.51 S-Dec. 2011 -2.1

Computer software and accessories(4)(5)

0.049 -0.8 0.000 0.75 L-Jan. 2012 -0.2

Telephone hardware, calculators, and other consumer information items(4)(5)

0.089 -0.2 0.000 0.77 S-Dec. 2011 -1.0

Alcoholic beverages

0.953 -0.2 -0.002 0.13 S-Dec. 2005 -0.2

Alcoholic beverages at home

0.576 0.0 0.000 0.21 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

Beer, ale, and other malt beverages at home

0.275 0.1 0.000 0.27 S-Dec. 2011 0.1

Distilled spirits at home(4)

0.072 -0.3 0.000 0.33 L-Jan. 2012 0.6

Whiskey at home(6)

  -1.2   0.49 L-Jan. 2012 0.9

Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home(4)(6)

  0.0   0.59 S-Dec. 2011 -1.1

Wine at home

0.229 -0.1 0.000 0.37 L-Jan. 2012 0.6

Alcoholic beverages away from home(4)

0.377 -0.4 -0.001 0.16 S-Feb. 2010 -0.4

Beer, ale, and other malt beverages away from home(4)(5)(6)

  0.0   0.13 S-Dec. 2011 0.0

Wine away from home(4)(5)(6)

  0.1   0.20 S-Nov. 2011 -0.1

Distilled spirits away from home(4)(5)(6)

  -0.8   0.20 S-EVER -

Other goods(12)

1.656 0.3 0.005 0.19 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Tobacco and smoking products(4)

0.798 -0.3 -0.002 0.16 L-Jan. 2012 0.5

Cigarettes(4)(5)

0.738 -0.3 -0.002 0.17 L-Jan. 2012 0.5

Tobacco products other than cigarettes(4)(5)

0.054 0.2 0.000 0.46 L-Jan. 2012 0.5

Personal care products(4)

0.649 1.2 0.008 0.37 L-Dec. 2006 1.9

Hair, dental, shaving, and miscellaneous personal care products(4)(5)

0.340 1.5 0.005 0.54 L-EVER -

Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements(4)

0.303 1.0 0.003 0.56 L-Jul. 2009 1.0

Miscellaneous personal goods(5)

0.209 -0.5 -0.001 0.44 S-Feb. 2011 -0.5

Stationery, stationery supplies, gift wrap(6)

  -0.4   0.46 L-Jan. 2012 0.5

Infants' equipment(4)(8)(6)

  0.2   0.51 L-Oct. 2011 0.5

Services less energy services

55.949 0.2 0.133 0.03 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Shelter

31.413 0.2 0.061 0.05 - -

Rent of shelter(16)

31.068 0.2 0.047 0.05 L-Dec. 2011 0.2

Rent of primary residence(11)

6.453 0.2 0.011 0.07 - -

Lodging away from home(5)

0.793 0.3 0.002 0.86 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Housing at school, excluding board(11)(16)

0.154 0.3 0.000 0.05 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Other lodging away from home including hotels and motels

0.639 0.2 0.002 1.07 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(11)(16)

23.823 0.2 0.046 0.04 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(11)(16)

22.416 0.2 0.043 0.04 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Tenants' and household insurance(4)(5)

0.345 0.6 0.002 0.21 L-Apr. 2011 0.6

Water and sewer and trash collection services(5)

1.163 0.6 0.007 0.13 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Water and sewerage maintenance(11)

0.874 0.7 0.006 0.17 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Garbage and trash collection(4)(14)

0.288 0.3 0.001 0.15 S-Jan. 2012 0.0

Household operations(4)(5)

0.727 0.1 0.001 0.10 S-Dec. 2011 0.1

Domestic services(4)(5)

0.250 0.0 0.000 0.07 - -

Gardening and lawncare services(4)(5)

0.238 0.0 0.000 0.11 S-Nov. 2011 0.0

Moving, storage, freight expense(4)(5)

0.091 0.5 0.000 0.43 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Repair of household items(4)(5)

0.076 0.3 0.000 0.14 L-Mar. 2010 1.3

Medical care services

5.358 0.3 0.014 0.06 L-Dec. 2011 0.4

Professional services

2.989 0.2 0.004 0.08 L-Dec. 2011 0.3

Physicians' services(11)

1.600 0.2 0.002 0.12 L-Dec. 2011 0.2

Dental services(11)

0.760 0.2 0.001 0.08 L-Dec. 2011 0.3

Eyeglasses and eye care(9)

0.251 0.2 0.001 0.23 L-Aug. 2011 0.3

Services by other medical professionals(4)(11)(9)

0.378 0.1 0.000 0.12 S-Jan. 2012 0.1

Hospital and related services

1.745 0.2 0.003 0.11 L-Jan. 2012 0.3

Hospital services(11)(17)

1.522 0.2 0.003 0.12 L-Jan. 2012 0.3

Inpatient hospital services(11)(17)(6)

  0.1   0.18 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Outpatient hospital services(11)(9)(6)

  0.2   0.22 S-Sep. 2011 0.2

Nursing homes and adult day services(11)(17)

0.137 0.3 0.000 0.12 S-Nov. 2011 0.3

Care of invalids and elderly at home(4)(8)

0.086 0.0 0.000 0.15 - -

Health insurance(4)(8)

0.624 1.3 0.008 0.07 S-Dec. 2011 1.2

Transportation services

5.739 0.3 0.017 0.11 L-Sep. 2011 0.4

Leased cars and trucks(15)

0.392 0.0 0.000 0.44 L-Sep. 2011 0.0

Car and truck rental(5)

0.066 2.0 0.001 1.34 L-Apr. 2011 2.4

Motor vehicle maintenance and repair(4)

1.151 -0.1 -0.002 0.12 S-May 2009 -0.1

Motor vehicle body work(4)

0.057 0.3 0.000 0.14 L-Oct. 2011 0.3

Motor vehicle maintenance and servicing(4)

0.458 0.2 0.001 0.15 - -

Motor vehicle repair(4)(5)

0.600 -0.4 -0.002 0.19 S-EVER -

Motor vehicle insurance

2.401 0.5 0.012 0.16 L-Oct. 2010 0.6

Motor vehicle fees(4)(5)

0.563 0.0 0.000 0.12 L-Jan. 2012 1.4

State motor vehicle registration and license fees(4)(11)(5)

0.328 0.0 0.000 0.12 L-Dec. 2011 0.3

Parking and other fees(4)(5)

0.212 0.0 0.000 0.16 S-Dec. 2011 0.0

Parking fees and tolls(4)(5)(6)

  0.1   0.13 S-Dec. 2011 0.1

Automobile service clubs(4)(5)(6)

  0.1   0.26 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

Public transportation

1.166 0.5 0.006 0.29 L-Sep. 2011 0.7

Airline fare

0.759 0.4 0.003 0.40 L-Sep. 2011 0.9

Other intercity transportation

0.146 0.1 0.000 0.66 L-Dec. 2011 0.7

Intercity bus fare(4)(7)(6)

  1.0   0.52 L-Dec. 2011 4.0

Intercity train fare(4)(7)(6)

  4.5   1.24 L-Jun. 2011 4.8

Ship fare(4)(5)(6)

  -0.3   0.82 S-Jan. 2012 -1.5

Intracity transportation(4)

0.258 0.7 0.002 0.07 L-Jan. 2011 2.3

Intracity mass transit(4)(12)(6)

  0.0   0.09 S-Sep. 2011 0.0

Recreation services(12)

3.695 0.4 0.016 0.19 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

Video and audio services(12)

1.497 0.5 0.008 0.23 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

Cable and satellite television and radio service(14)

1.385 0.5 0.007 0.23 - -

Video discs and other media, including rental of video and audio(4)(5)

0.112 0.3 0.000 0.84 L-Jan. 2012 0.6

Video discs and other media(4)(5)(6)

  0.4   1.22 L-Oct. 2011 2.4

Rental of video or audio discs and other media(4)(5)(6)

  0.6   0.75 L-Jan. 2012 1.7

Pet services including veterinary(5)

0.407 0.3 0.001 0.19 L-Dec. 2011 0.7

Pet services(4)(5)(6)

  0.4   0.22 L-Jan. 2012 0.5

Veterinarian services(5)(6)

  0.1   0.19 L-Dec. 2011 0.9

Photographers and film processing(4)(5)

0.058 0.3 0.000 0.36 L-Nov. 2011 0.6

Photographer fees(4)(5)(6)

  0.1   0.36 L-Dec. 2011 0.5

Film processing(4)(5)(6)

  0.3   0.44 L-Nov. 2011 1.0

Other recreation services(5)

1.732 0.4 0.007 0.35 L-Jan. 2012 1.1

Club dues and fees for participant sports and group exercises(5)

0.568 0.9 0.005 0.71 L-Dec. 2011 2.4

Admissions(4)

0.629 0.1 0.000 0.50 L-Jan. 2012 2.1

Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts(4)(5)(6)

  -0.1   0.42 L-Jan. 2012 1.9

Admission to sporting events(4)(5)(6)

  0.7   0.52 L-Jan. 2012 3.0

Fees for lessons or instructions(4)(9)

0.230 -0.1 0.000 0.23 S-Oct. 2011 -0.2

Education and communication services(12)

6.153 0.2 0.013 0.07 - -

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare

2.990 0.3 0.010 0.12 - -

College tuition and fees

1.678 0.5 0.008 0.21 L-Nov. 2011 0.5

Elementary and high school tuition and fees

0.379 0.2 0.001 0.03 S-Aug. 2011 -0.6

Child care and nursery school(13)

0.772 0.2 0.002 0.11 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Technical and business school tuition and fees(5)

0.059 0.6 0.000 0.18 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Postage and delivery services(5)

0.150 0.2 0.000 0.01 S-Jan. 2012 -0.2

Postage(4)

0.139 0.2 0.000 0.00 S-Jan. 2012 -0.6

Delivery services(4)(5)

0.010 -0.1 0.000 0.12 L-Jan. 2012 4.6

Telephone services(4)(5)

2.416 0.1 0.002 0.05 L-Jan. 2012 0.3

Wireless telephone services(4)(5)

1.471 0.0 0.000 0.06 - -

Land-line telephone services(4)(12)

0.945 0.1 0.001 0.09 - -

Internet services and electronic information providers(4)(5)

0.583 0.3 0.002 0.29 L-Jan. 2012 0.7

Other personal services(12)

1.701 0.2 0.004 0.10 L-Nov. 2011 0.4

Personal care services(4)

0.629 0.2 0.001 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 -0.1

Haircuts and other personal care services(4)(5)

0.629 0.2 0.001 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 -0.1

Miscellaneous personal services

1.072 0.2 0.002 0.13 L-Dec. 2011 0.5

Legal services(9)

0.295 0.3 0.001 0.12 L-Nov. 2011 0.4

Funeral expenses(9)

0.159 -0.5 -0.001 0.09 S-EVER -

Laundry and dry cleaning services(5)

0.239 0.1 0.000 0.09 S-Jan. 2012 0.1

Apparel services other than laundry and dry cleaning(4)(5)

0.030 0.3 0.000 0.19 L-Dec. 2011 0.7

Financial services(4)(9)

0.208 1.0 0.002 0.62 L-Apr. 2011 1.9

Checking account and other bank services(4)(5)(6)

  0.1   0.51 S-Jan. 2012 0.0

Tax return preparation and other accounting fees(5)(6)

  1.4   0.73 L-Jun. 2011 1.6

Special aggregate indexes

All items less food

85.745 0.3 0.268 0.03 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

All items less shelter

68.587 0.3 0.230 0.04 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

All items less food and shelter

54.332 0.4 0.208 0.05 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

All items less food, shelter, and energy

44.309 0.3 0.113 0.05 L-Aug. 2011 0.3

All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks

42.427 0.2 0.088 0.05 L-Jan. 2012 0.3

All items less medical care

92.917 0.3 0.270 0.03 S-Jan. 2012 0.2

All items less energy

89.978 0.2 0.197 0.03 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Commodities

40.250 0.4 0.181 0.06 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks

17.891 0.1 0.016 0.09 - -

Commodities less food

25.995 0.6 0.158 0.07 S-Jan. 2012 0.5

Commodities less food and beverages

25.041 0.6 0.160 0.07 S-Jan. 2012 0.4

Services

59.750 0.2 0.117 0.04 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Services less rent of shelter(16)

28.682 0.2 0.049 0.05 L-Dec. 2011 0.3

Services less medical care services

54.392 0.1 0.071 0.04 L-Jan. 2012 0.1

Durables

8.930 0.1 0.005 0.07 S-Jan. 2012 -0.1

Nondurables

31.320 0.6 0.175 0.07 S-Jan. 2012 0.5

Nondurables less food

17.065 0.8 0.146 0.10 S-Jan. 2012 0.8

Nondurables less food and beverages

16.112 0.9 0.143 0.11 S-Jan. 2012 0.8

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

12.585 1.1 0.142 0.07 S-Jan. 2012 0.6

Nondurables less food and apparel

13.538 1.0 0.141 0.07 S-Jan. 2012 0.7

Housing

40.832 0.1 0.048 0.05 - -

Education and communication(5)

6.761 0.2 0.010 0.08 - -

Education(5)

3.192 0.3 0.011 0.12 - -

Communication(5)

3.569 0.0 0.000 0.07 S-Dec. 2011 0.0

Information and information processing(5)

3.420 0.0 -0.001 0.08 S-Dec. 2011 0.0

Information technology, hardware and services(18)

1.004 -0.2 -0.002 0.26 S-Dec. 2011 -0.5

Recreation(5)

6.035 0.2 0.011 0.15 L-Jan. 2012 0.6

Video and audio(5)

1.930 0.1 0.003 0.19 - -

Pets, pet products and services(5)

1.097 0.4 0.005 0.26 L-Aug. 2011 0.7

Photography(5)

0.114 -0.3 0.000 0.36 S-Jan. 2012 -0.7

Food and beverages

15.209 0.1 0.021 0.08 - -

Domestically produced farm food(4)

7.263 0.1 0.007 0.14 L-Jan. 2012 0.7

Other services

11.549 0.3 0.033 0.08 L-Jan. 2012 0.4

Apparel less footwear

2.858 0.5 0.014 0.47 L-Jan. 2012 1.2

Fuels and utilities

5.313 -0.1 -0.003 0.13 L-Dec. 2011 -0.1

Household energy

4.151 -0.2 -0.010 0.15 L-Dec. 2011 -0.2

Medical care

7.083 0.3 0.021 0.06 L-Jan. 2012 0.3

Transportation

17.196 0.9 0.155 0.06 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Private transportation

16.030 0.9 0.149 0.06 S-Jan. 2012 0.4

New and used motor vehicles(5)

5.607 0.6 0.034 0.08 L-Jun. 2011 0.8

Utilities and public transportation

9.930 0.0 0.005 0.09 - -

Household furnishings and operations

4.106 -0.2 -0.010 0.12 S-Sep. 2010 -0.3

Other goods and services

3.357 0.2 0.007 0.11 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Personal care

2.559 0.4 0.009 0.13 L-Nov. 2011 0.5

Footnotes
(1) The 'effect' of an item category is a measure of that item's contribution to the All items price change. For example, if the Food index had an effect of 0.40, and the All items index rose 1.2 percent, then the increase in food prices contributed 0.40 / 1.2, or 33.3 percent, to that All items increase. Said another way, had food prices been unchanged for that month the change in the All items index would have been 1.2 percent minus 0.40, or 0.8 percent. Effects can be negative as well. For example, if the effect of food was a negative 0.1, and the All items index rose 0.5 percent, the All items index actually would have been 0.1 percent higher (or 0.6 percent) had food prices been unchanged. Since food prices fell while prices overall were rising, the contribution of food to the All items price change was negative (in this case, -0.1 / 0.5, or minus 20 percent).
(2) A statistic's margin of error is often expressed as its point estimate plus or minus two standard errors. For example, if a CPI category rose 0.6 percent, and its standard error was 0.15 percent, the margin of error on this item's 1-month percent change would be 0.6 percent, plus or minus 0.3 percent.
(3) If the current seasonally adjusted 1-month percent change is greater than the previous 1-month percent change, then this column identifies the closest prior month with a 1-month percent change as (L)arge as or (L)arger than the current 1-month change. If the current 1-month percent change is smaller than the previous 1-month percent change, the most recent month with a change as (S)mall or (S)maller than the current month change is identified. If the current and previous 1-month percent changes are equal, a dash will appear. Standard numerical comparisons are used. For example, 0.8% is greater than 0.6%, -0.4% is less than -0.2%, and -0.2% is less than 0.0%. Note that a (L)arger change can be a smaller decline, for example, a -0.2% change is larger than a -0.4% change, but still represents a decline in the price index. Likewise, (S)maller changes can be increases, for example, a 0.6% change is smaller than 0.8%, but still represents an increase in the price index. In this context, a -0.2% change is considered to be smaller than a 0.0% change.
(4) Not seasonally adjusted.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(6) Special indexes based on a substantially smaller sample. These series do not contribute to the all items index aggregation and therefore do not have a relative importance or effect.
(7) Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
(8) Indexes on a December 2005=100 base.
(9) Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
(10) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(11) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(12) Indexes on a December 2009=100 base.
(13) Indexes on a December 1990=100 base.
(14) Indexes on a December 1983=100 base.
(15) Indexes on a December 2001=100 base.
(16) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(17) Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
(18) Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Table 7. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category, March 2012, 12-month analysis table
[1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted]
Expenditure category Relative
importance
Feb.
2012
Twelve Month
Percent change
Mar. 2011-
Mar. 2012
Effect on All Items
Mar. 2011-
Mar. 2012(1)
Standard error, median price change(2) Largest (L) or Smallest (S) unadjusted change since:(3)
Date Percent change

All items

100.000 2.7   0.07 S-Mar. 2011 2.7

Food

14.255 3.3 0.456 0.14 S-Apr. 2011 3.2

Food at home

8.608 3.6 0.285 0.20 S-Mar. 2011 3.6

Cereals and bakery products

1.240 4.5 0.050 0.43 S-Jul. 2011 4.3

Cereals and cereal products

0.478 4.1 0.014 0.72 S-May 2011 3.5

Flour and prepared flour mixes

0.053 7.3 0.003 1.33 S-May 2011 7.2

Breakfast cereal

0.292 3.6 0.006 0.94 S-May 2011 2.8

Rice, pasta, cornmeal

0.133 3.9 0.004 1.08 S-Jul. 2011 3.3

Rice(4)(5)

  3.5   1.67 S-Jul. 2011 2.9

Bakery products

0.762 4.9 0.036 0.59 S-Jan. 2012 4.7

Bread(4)

0.223 5.6 0.012 1.22 L-Dec. 2011 6.7

White bread(5)

  5.0   1.78 S-Jan. 2012 4.0

Bread other than white(5)

  5.9   1.73 L-Dec. 2011 9.3

Fresh biscuits, rolls, muffins(4)

0.114 3.9 0.004 1.05 S-Dec. 2010 2.0

Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies

0.184 5.6 0.011 1.06 S-Jan. 2012 3.6

Cookies(5)

  5.0   1.51 S-Jan. 2012 4.4

Fresh cakes and cupcakes(5)

  6.8   1.15 S-Jan. 2012 3.5

Other bakery products

0.241 3.9 0.009 1.00 S-Sep. 2011 2.9

Fresh sweetrolls, coffeecakes, doughnuts(5)

  7.8   1.61 L-Jan. 2009 8.5

Crackers, bread, and cracker products(5)

  3.6   1.88 S-Sep. 2011 2.6

Frozen and refrigerated bakery products, pies, tarts, turnovers(5)

  3.0   1.52 S-Nov. 2011 3.0

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

1.941 5.3 0.098 0.39 S-Sep. 2010 4.7

Meats, poultry, and fish

1.833 5.4 0.094 0.41 S-Dec. 2010 5.4

Meats

1.194 5.4 0.061 0.52 S-Aug. 2010 5.0

Beef and veal

0.551 6.8 0.036 0.74 S-Dec. 2010 6.1

Uncooked ground beef

0.216 6.7 0.014 1.14 S-Dec. 2010 6.2

Uncooked beef roasts(4)

0.081 5.9 0.005 1.80 S-Dec. 2010 4.9

Uncooked beef steaks(4)

0.202 7.3 0.013 1.12 - -

Uncooked other beef and veal(4)

0.051 7.1 0.003 1.47 L-Jan. 2012 10.1

Pork

0.374 3.4 0.012 0.87 S-May 2010 2.4

Bacon, breakfast sausage, and related products(4)

0.143 4.3 0.006 1.49 S-Oct. 2011 3.9

Bacon and related products(5)

  8.5   2.54 S-Nov. 2011 6.8

Breakfast sausage and related products(4)(5)

  1.3   1.68 S-Jul. 2010 0.5

Ham

0.077 3.0 0.002 1.75 L-Dec. 2011 5.7

Ham, excluding canned(5)

  2.6   2.43 L-Jan. 2012 3.3

Pork chops

0.061 1.6 0.001 1.66 S-Apr. 2010 0.3

Other pork including roasts and picnics(4)

0.093 3.6 0.003 1.96 S-Apr. 2010 -0.1

Other meats

0.268 5.7 0.013 1.30 L-Dec. 2011 6.7

Frankfurters(5)

  6.5   3.30 L-Dec. 2011 8.0

Lunchmeats(4)(5)

  4.5   0.93 L-Jan. 2012 4.7

Lamb and organ meats(5)

  5.4   3.30 S-Feb. 2010 1.3

Lamb and mutton(4)(5)

  15.4   5.73 S-Jan. 2012 13.8

Poultry

0.337 6.5 0.022 0.93 L-Feb. 2008 6.9

Chicken(4)

0.262 5.3 0.014 0.99 L-Dec. 2008 5.4

Fresh whole chicken(5)

  8.7   2.17 L-Mar. 2009 8.9

Fresh and frozen chicken parts(5)

  4.3   1.25 L-Aug. 2008 4.6

Other poultry including turkey(4)

0.075 11.2 0.008 2.24 L-Dec. 2011 12.4

Fish and seafood

0.303 3.9 0.012 1.03 S-Jan. 2011 3.7

Fresh fish and seafood(4)

0.156 1.9 0.003 1.47 S-May 2010 1.4

Processed fish and seafood(4)

0.146 6.3 0.009 1.17 L-Jan. 2012 7.7

Shelf stable fish and seafood(5)

  3.6   2.12 S-Apr. 2011 2.4

Frozen fish and seafood(5)

  5.7   2.12 L-Jan. 2012 7.7

Eggs

0.108 5.1 0.004 1.18 L-Jan. 2012 9.5

Dairy and related products

0.912 6.3 0.053 0.51 S-Apr. 2011 6.3

Milk(4)

0.295 4.0 0.011 0.79 S-Feb. 2011 3.0

Fresh whole milk(5)

  3.7   1.28 S-Jan. 2011 2.2

Fresh milk other than whole(4)(5)

  4.1   1.16 S-Feb. 2011 2.5

Cheese and related products

0.293 8.7 0.023 0.88 S-Dec. 2011 7.8

Ice cream and related products

0.137 6.4 0.008 1.31 L-Jan. 2012 8.3

Other dairy and related products(4)

0.188 6.2 0.010 0.93 S-Jan. 2012 5.9

Fruits and vegetables

1.264 -3.9 -0.048 0.55 S-Nov. 2009 -4.9

Fresh fruits and vegetables

0.956 -6.6 -0.063 0.69 S-Oct. 2009 -7.7

Fresh fruits

0.495 0.1 -0.001 1.01 L-Nov. 2011 2.6

Apples

0.085 3.3 0.003 1.75 S-Jul. 2011 2.1

Bananas

0.082 -0.4 0.000 1.44 L-Jan. 2012 2.5

Citrus fruits(4)

0.103 -5.4 -0.005 2.25 L-Dec. 2011 -3.8

Oranges, including tangerines(5)

  0.1   2.47 L-Dec. 2011 0.2

Other fresh fruits(4)

0.225 1.2 0.002 1.56 L-Oct. 2011 3.1

Fresh vegetables

0.462 -12.6 -0.062 1.01 S-May 1994 -14.1

Potatoes

0.083 1.0 0.001 1.86 S-Sep. 2010 -0.5

Lettuce

0.062 -20.5 -0.014 2.27 S-Apr. 2003 -24.1

Tomatoes

0.078 -28.8 -0.029 2.40 S-Nov. 2005 -29.3

Other fresh vegetables

0.239 -7.9 -0.020 1.33 S-Mar. 1999 -7.9

Processed fruits and vegetables(4)

0.308 5.5 0.015 0.70 S-Jan. 2012 5.4

Canned fruits and vegetables(4)

0.154 4.6 0.007 1.02 S-Jan. 2012 4.4

Canned fruits(4)(5)

  3.3   1.19 S-Sep. 2011 2.4

Canned vegetables(4)(5)

  5.7   1.43 S-Jan. 2012 5.0

Frozen fruits and vegetables(4)

0.097 6.9 0.006 1.23 S-Sep. 2011 5.1

Frozen vegetables(5)

  5.9   1.25 S-Sep. 2011 3.8

Other processed fruits and vegetables including dried(4)

0.057 5.9 0.003 1.36 - -

Dried beans, peas, and lentils(4)(5)

  15.4   2.74 S-Jan. 2012 14.3

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

0.960 2.7 0.026 0.68 S-Apr. 2011 2.4

Juices and nonalcoholic drinks(4)

0.717 2.0 0.014 0.84 S-Aug. 2011 2.0

Carbonated drinks

0.296 2.3 0.007 1.14 S-May 2011 2.0

Frozen noncarbonated juices and drinks(4)

0.014 11.3 0.002 2.34 - -

Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks(4)

0.407 1.5 0.006 1.05 L-Jan. 2012 1.6

Beverage materials including coffee and tea(4)

0.244 4.7 0.011 0.99 S-Mar. 2011 4.4

Coffee

0.149 9.8 0.012 1.45 S-Mar. 2011 9.4

Roasted coffee(5)

  11.0   1.78 S-Mar. 2011 10.8

Instant and freeze dried coffee(5)

  2.0   2.00 S-Dec. 2010 1.1

Other beverage materials including tea(4)

0.094 -0.6 -0.001 1.25 S-Dec. 2010 -0.7

Other food at home

2.291 5.0 0.106 0.41 S-Sep. 2011 4.7

Sugar and sweets

0.308 4.6 0.014 0.99 S-Dec. 2011 3.8

Sugar and artificial sweeteners

0.062 4.3 0.002 0.92 S-Dec. 2011 3.9

Candy and chewing gum(4)

0.183 5.2 0.009 1.53 L-Jan. 2012 5.5

Other sweets(4)

0.064 3.4 0.002 1.05 S-Jul. 2011 3.3

Fats and oils

0.267 8.9 0.022 0.82 S-May 2011 8.5

Butter and margarine(4)

0.077 1.5 0.001 1.41 S-Jul. 2010 0.9

Butter(5)

  -8.5   2.47 S-Dec. 2009 -11.5

Margarine(5)

  11.1   1.86 S-Apr. 2011 11.1

Salad dressing(4)

0.067 4.3 0.003 1.32 S-Feb. 2011 2.7

Other fats and oils including peanut butter(4)

0.122 16.7 0.018 1.22 S-Nov. 2011 13.5

Peanut butter(4)(5)

  40.7   1.63 L-EVER -

Other foods

1.715 4.5 0.070 0.49 S-Dec. 2011 4.5

Soups

0.097 6.0 0.006 1.59 L-Mar. 2009 8.4

Frozen and freeze dried prepared foods

0.303 3.0 0.009 1.11 L-Jan. 2012 4.2

Snacks

0.325 8.0 0.025 0.93 S-Jan. 2012 7.4

Spices, seasonings, condiments, sauces

0.292 3.5 0.010 1.04 S-Nov. 2011 2.9

Salt and other seasonings and spices(4)(5)

  7.6   1.99 S-Sep. 2011 5.3

Olives, pickles, relishes(4)(5)

  -0.5   1.64 S-Nov. 2011 -0.7

Sauces and gravies(4)(5)

  2.5   1.83 S-Jan. 2012 1.9

Other condiments(5)

  4.2   1.66 S-Aug. 2011 4.0

Baby food(4)

0.072 6.1 0.005 0.94 L-Jan. 2012 7.5

Other miscellaneous foods(4)

0.626 3.4 0.015 0.80 S-Dec. 2011 3.2

Prepared salads(6)(5)

  3.1   1.42 L-Jan. 2012 3.4

Food away from home

5.648 3.0 0.172 0.17 S-Dec. 2011 2.9

Full service meals and snacks(4)

2.682 2.7 0.075 0.21 S-Sep. 2011 2.6

Limited service meals and snacks(4)

2.266 3.3 0.075 0.30 L-Aug. 2009 3.7

Food at employee sites and schools(4)

0.258 3.8 0.010 0.54 - -

Food at elementary and secondary schools(7)(5)

  3.5   0.73 - -

Food from vending machines and mobile vendors(4)

0.082 4.0 0.004 0.88 S-Dec. 2011 2.7

Other food away from home(4)

0.361 2.2 0.007 0.45 S-Dec. 2011 2.1

Energy

10.022 4.6 0.479 0.19 S-Nov. 2010 3.9

Energy commodities

6.222 8.7 0.549 0.18 S-Nov. 2010 7.7

Fuel oil and other fuels

0.350 4.3 0.015 0.92 S-Dec. 2009 2.5

Fuel oil

0.237 5.3 0.012 1.14 S-Nov. 2009 -6.9

Propane, kerosene, and firewood(8)

0.113 2.4 0.003 1.24 S-Feb. 2011 1.9

Motor fuel

5.872 9.0 0.534 0.19 S-Nov. 2010 7.5

Gasoline (all types)

5.681 9.0 0.522 0.19 S-Nov. 2010 7.3

Gasoline, unleaded regular(5)

  9.1   0.48 S-Nov. 2010 7.4

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(9)(5)

  9.0   0.45 S-Nov. 2010 7.3

Gasoline, unleaded premium(5)

  8.7   0.45 S-Nov. 2010 7.1

Other motor fuels(4)

0.191 6.2 0.012 0.33 S-Nov. 2009 -6.0

Energy services(10)

3.800 -1.8 -0.070 0.32 S-Mar. 2010 -1.8

Electricity(10)

2.894 0.6 0.016 0.37 S-Apr. 2011 0.6

Utility (piped) gas service(10)

0.907 -9.1 -0.086 0.62 L-Jan. 2012 -5.5

All items less food and energy

75.722 2.3 1.716 0.09 L-Jan. 2012 2.3

Commodities less food and energy commodities

19.773 2.1 0.422 0.20 L-Jan. 2012 2.2

Household furnishings and supplies(11)

3.379 0.8 0.027 0.35 S-Nov. 2011 0.6

Window and floor coverings and other linens(4)

0.279 -1.4 -0.004 1.43 L-Dec. 2011 0.3

Floor coverings(4)

0.039 0.3 0.000 1.43 L-Jan. 2012 0.7

Window coverings(4)

0.077 -0.6 -0.001 2.32 L-Dec. 2011 0.8

Other linens(4)

0.163 -2.4 -0.004 1.74 L-Jan. 2012 -1.9

Furniture and bedding

0.718 2.1 0.017 0.91 L-May 2009 2.4

Bedroom furniture

0.235 1.4 0.004 1.64 S-Nov. 2011 0.4

Living room, kitchen, and dining room furniture(4)

0.341 3.2 0.012 1.20 L-EVER -

Other furniture(4)

0.135 0.6 0.001 2.17 S-Nov. 2011 0.2

Infants' furniture(7)(5)

           

Appliances(4)

0.293 4.6 0.013 0.76 L-EVER -

Major appliances(4)

0.168 9.0 0.014 1.10 L-EVER -

Laundry equipment(5)

  11.5   1.75 L-EVER -

Other appliances(4)

0.122 -1.5 -0.002 1.22 S-Mar. 2011 -2.0

Other household equipment and furnishings(4)

0.503 -4.9 -0.027 1.21 S-Sep. 2010 -4.9

Clocks, lamps, and decorator items

0.266 -7.1 -0.020 1.82 S-Sep. 2010 -7.9

Indoor plants and flowers(12)

0.104 -1.3 -0.001 1.49 S-Jan. 2011 -1.4

Dishes and flatware(4)

0.049 -7.3 -0.005 2.54 S-Jan. 2012 -7.3

Nonelectric cookware and tableware(4)

0.084 -0.6 -0.001 1.31 - -

Tools, hardware, outdoor equipment and supplies(4)

0.687 -0.3 -0.003 0.60 S-Jul. 2011 -0.3

Tools, hardware and supplies(4)

0.174 2.6 0.005 1.02 S-Jan. 2012 2.5

Outdoor equipment and supplies(4)

0.366 -1.4 -0.007 0.77 S-Feb. 2011 -1.9

Housekeeping supplies

0.899 3.7 0.032 0.51 S-Jan. 2012 3.2

Household cleaning products(4)

0.366 2.9 0.010 0.81 L-Dec. 2011 3.2

Household paper products(4)

0.243 4.6 0.011 0.92 S-Jan. 2012 3.3

Miscellaneous household products(4)

0.291 3.8 0.011 1.02 S-Jan. 2012 3.7

Apparel

3.527 4.9 0.176 0.95 L-Jan. 1991 6.1

Men's and boys' apparel

0.850 6.2 0.053 1.06 L-Nov. 2011 6.3

Men's apparel

0.677 5.1 0.036 1.19 S-Oct. 2011 4.4

Men's suits, sport coats, and outerwear

0.123 5.1 0.006 3.03 S-Dec. 2011 0.0

Men's furnishings

0.179 5.5 0.010 2.44 S-Sep. 2011 5.1

Men's shirts and sweaters(4)

0.208 4.8 0.011 2.52 L-Jan. 2012 5.4

Men's pants and shorts

0.160 6.2 0.009 2.41 S-Dec. 2011 5.9

Boys' apparel

0.173 10.4 0.018 2.92 L-EVER -

Women's and girls' apparel

1.482 5.5 0.083 1.86 L-Feb. 1991 6.5

Women's apparel

1.232 4.9 0.061 2.10 L-Feb. 2007 5.2

Women's outerwear

0.086 3.1 0.007 9.10 S-Jan. 2012 2.4

Women's dresses

0.163 15.3 0.028 6.62 L-Mar. 1993 16.8

Women's suits and separates(4)

0.579 1.3 0.006 2.06 S-Jul. 2011 0.9

Women's underwear, nightwear, sportswear and accessories(4)

0.389 5.4 0.020 3.96 S-Oct. 2011 4.9

Girls' apparel

0.249 8.9 0.022 4.48 L-Jan. 2012 9.5

Footwear

0.669 1.2 0.008 1.07 L-Dec. 2011 1.3

Men's footwear

0.208 1.7 0.004 1.63 S-Jan. 2012 1.0

Boys' and girls' footwear

0.148 -0.3 0.000 2.62 S-Jan. 2011 -1.4

Women's footwear

0.313 1.5 0.005 1.73 L-Aug. 2010 3.0

Infants' and toddlers' apparel

0.199 7.5 0.014 2.01 L-Jan. 2012 7.5

Jewelry and watches(8)

0.327 5.3 0.017 2.42 - -

Watches(8)

0.089 1.2 0.002 1.57 L-Dec. 2011 1.3

Jewelry(8)

0.239 5.9 0.015 2.79 S-Nov. 2010 3.9

Transportation commodities less motor fuel(11)

5.585 2.9 0.172 0.19 S-Apr. 2011 2.8

New vehicles

3.197 2.5 0.084 0.30 S-Apr. 2011 2.4

New cars and trucks(4)(5)

  2.5   0.30 S-Apr. 2011 2.4

New cars(5)

  2.7   0.40 S-Apr. 2011 2.2

New trucks(13)(5)

  2.2   0.30 S-Feb. 2011 1.9

Used cars and trucks

1.882 3.2 0.065 0.22 L-Jan. 2012 3.2

Motor vehicle parts and equipment

0.436 5.4 0.022 0.44 L-Jan. 2012 5.4

Tires

0.298 5.8 0.016 0.63 L-Jan. 2012 6.1

Vehicle accessories other than tires(4)

0.139 4.6 0.006 0.68 L-Dec. 2011 5.0

Vehicle parts and equipment other than tires(5)

  2.3   0.63 L-Dec. 2011 3.0

Motor oil, coolant, and fluids(5)

  15.2   1.76 L-May 2009 15.2

Medical care commodities

1.725 3.3 0.054 0.40 - -

Medicinal drugs(11)

1.646 3.4 0.054 0.41 S-Jan. 2012 3.4

Prescription drugs

1.335 4.2 0.054 0.44 S-Jan. 2012 4.2

Nonprescription drugs(11)

0.311 0.1 0.000 0.88 L-Jan. 2012 0.2

Medical equipment and supplies(11)

0.079 0.5 0.000 0.82 S-Jan. 2012 -0.3

Recreation commodities(11)

2.340 -1.3 -0.032 0.39 - -

Video and audio products(11)

0.432 -9.3 -0.040 0.60 S-Jan. 2011 -9.7

Televisions

0.172 -18.7 -0.031 1.34 S-Dec. 2010 -19.1

Other video equipment(4)

0.028 -11.4 -0.003 1.56 S-Jan. 2012 -12.4

Audio equipment

0.074 -6.2 -0.005 1.07 - -

Audio discs, tapes and other media(4)

0.045 -3.7 -0.002 1.35 S-Nov. 2010 -5.3

Pets and pet products

0.690 2.6 0.019 0.79 L-Jan. 2012 2.6

Pet food(4)(5)

  3.2   0.92 S-Jun. 2011 2.1

Purchase of pets, pet supplies, accessories(4)(5)

  1.1   1.71 L-Dec. 2011 2.2

Sporting goods

0.464 -0.3 -0.002 0.84 S-Nov. 2011 -0.9

Sports vehicles including bicycles

0.244 2.0 0.006 0.89 S-Nov. 2010 1.8

Sports equipment

0.210 -3.1 -0.009 1.45 S-Dec. 2011 -4.5

Photographic equipment and supplies

0.054 -2.4 -0.001 1.54 S-Jul. 2011 -3.7

Film and photographic supplies(4)(5)

  8.3   2.11 S-Jan. 2012 7.6

Photographic equipment(4)(5)

  -4.6   2.64 S-Jul. 2011 -5.3

Recreational reading materials

0.222 1.5 0.004 1.14 L-Apr. 2010 1.7

Newspapers and magazines(4)

0.120 4.8 0.006 0.90 L-Dec. 2009 4.9

Recreational books(4)

0.099 -2.4 -0.003 2.06 L-May 2011 -1.9

Other recreational goods(4)

0.477 -2.3 -0.010 1.11 L-Aug. 2011 -2.1

Toys

0.357 -3.3 -0.011 1.36 L-Aug. 2011 -2.9

Toys, games, hobbies and playground equipment(4)(5)

  0.2   1.11 L-EVER -

Sewing machines, fabric and supplies(4)

0.061 1.8 0.001 1.76 L-Jan. 2012 2.1

Music instruments and accessories(4)

0.039 -1.1 0.000 1.08 S-Jan. 2012 -1.4

Education and communication commodities(11)

0.608 -3.5 -0.018 0.84 - -

Educational books and supplies

0.202 5.3 0.011 1.03 - -

College textbooks(14)(5)

  5.6   1.03 - -

Information technology commodities(11)

0.406 -8.8 -0.029 1.09 L-Jul. 2011 -7.8

Personal computers and peripheral equipment(6)

0.268 -11.1 -0.025 1.28 S-Jan. 2012 -11.8

Computer software and accessories(4)

0.049 -3.3 -0.002 2.07 L-Jan. 2012 -2.0

Telephone hardware, calculators, and other consumer information items(4)

0.089 -4.4 -0.003 2.89 L-Oct. 2011 -4.2

Alcoholic beverages

0.953 2.0 0.020 0.45 S-Dec. 2011 1.4

Alcoholic beverages at home

0.576 0.9 0.005 0.43 L-Jan. 2012 1.0

Beer, ale, and other malt beverages at home

0.275 2.5 0.007 0.60 S-Jan. 2012 2.3

Distilled spirits at home

0.072 0.3 0.000 0.67 L-Jan. 2012 0.8

Whiskey at home(5)

  1.2   0.93 S-Sep. 2011 1.2

Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home(5)

  0.5   1.00 L-Nov. 2011 0.6

Wine at home

0.229 -1.1 -0.002 0.79 L-Jan. 2012 -0.7

Alcoholic beverages away from home

0.377 3.6 0.015 1.04 S-Dec. 2011 3.0

Beer, ale, and other malt beverages away from home(4)(5)

  1.7   0.68 S-Jan. 2012 1.7

Wine away from home(4)(5)

  2.7   0.98 L-Sep. 2011 2.7

Distilled spirits away from home(4)(5)

  4.2   1.83 S-Dec. 2011 4.0

Other goods(11)

1.656 1.3 0.022 0.47 L-Jan. 2012 1.5

Tobacco and smoking products

0.798 1.8 0.016 0.67 S-Aug. 2011 1.8

Cigarettes(4)

0.738 1.7 0.014 0.71 S-Aug. 2011 1.6

Tobacco products other than cigarettes(4)

0.054 3.5 0.002 1.05 - -

Personal care products

0.649 1.0 0.007 0.71 L-Oct. 2009 1.5

Hair, dental, shaving, and miscellaneous personal care products(4)

0.340 0.8 0.003 1.12 L-Feb. 2010 0.8

Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements

0.303 1.1 0.003 0.90 L-Jan. 2012 2.2

Miscellaneous personal goods(4)

0.209 -0.3 -0.001 1.02 S-Dec. 2011 -1.0

Stationery, stationery supplies, gift wrap(5)

  0.4   1.16 S-Oct. 2011 0.4

Infants' equipment(7)(5)

  -3.5   1.18 - -

Services less energy services

55.949 2.3 1.295 0.10 L-Jan. 2012 2.3

Shelter

31.413 2.1 0.666 0.13 L-Nov. 2008 2.2

Rent of shelter(15)

31.068 2.1 0.655 0.14 L-Nov. 2008 2.2

Rent of primary residence(10)

6.453 2.5 0.152 0.18 - -

Lodging away from home(4)

0.793 3.5 0.027 1.03 S-Jan. 2012 2.3

Housing at school, excluding board(10)(15)

0.154 3.8 0.006 0.32 - -

Other lodging away from home including hotels and motels

0.639 3.4 0.021 1.27 S-Jan. 2012 1.9

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(10)(15)

23.823 2.0 0.476 0.15 L-May 2009 2.1

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(10)(15)

22.416 2.0 0.445 0.15 L-May 2009 2.1

Tenants' and household insurance(4)

0.345 3.3 0.011 0.94 L-Nov. 2010 4.3

Water and sewer and trash collection services(4)

1.163 4.8 0.054 0.48 L-Oct. 2011 4.9

Water and sewerage maintenance(10)

0.874 5.6 0.047 0.63 L-Oct. 2011 5.6

Garbage and trash collection(13)

0.288 2.5 0.007 0.48 L-Dec. 2011 2.8

Household operations(4)

0.727 2.5 0.019 0.42 L-Apr. 2009 3.4

Domestic services(4)

0.250 1.2 0.003 0.53 L-Jan. 2011 1.6

Gardening and lawncare services(4)

0.238 2.1 0.005 0.42 L-Jul. 2009 2.3

Moving, storage, freight expense(4)

0.091 4.5 0.004 2.54 L-Mar. 2006 5.3

Repair of household items(4)

0.076 6.2 0.005 1.03 L-Sep. 2008 6.8

Medical care services

5.358 3.5 0.180 0.23 L-Jan. 2012 3.7

Professional services

2.989 1.4 0.040 0.24 - -

Physicians' services(10)

1.600 1.3 0.019 0.39 - -

Dental services(10)

0.760 2.2 0.016 0.38 S-Dec. 2011 2.2

Eyeglasses and eye care(8)

0.251 0.5 0.001 0.69 - -

Services by other medical professionals(10)(8)

0.378 1.1 0.004 0.34 L-Dec. 2011 1.3

Hospital and related services

1.745 4.8 0.082 0.43 S-Sep. 2005 4.6

Hospital services(10)(16)

1.522 5.2 0.076 0.50 S-Dec. 2005 5.2

Inpatient hospital services(10)(16)(5)

  5.3   1.10 S-Jan. 2009 5.3

Outpatient hospital services(10)(8)(5)

  4.9   0.81 - -

Nursing homes and adult day services(10)(16)

0.137 3.3 0.005 0.34 S-Jan. 2012 3.2

Care of invalids and elderly at home(7)

0.086 1.2 0.001 0.62 S-May 2010 1.0

Health insurance(7)

0.624 11.3 0.058 0.24 L-Sep. 2007 11.7

Transportation services

5.739 1.4 0.087 0.34 S-Aug. 2009 1.4

Leased cars and trucks(14)

0.392 -4.3 -0.022 1.06 S-Mar. 2011 -4.5

Car and truck rental(4)

0.066 -1.7 -0.001 2.53 S-Aug. 2011 -1.8

Motor vehicle maintenance and repair

1.151 2.3 0.027 0.32 S-Jan. 2012 2.3

Motor vehicle body work

0.057 1.9 0.001 0.61 L-Nov. 2011 2.0

Motor vehicle maintenance and servicing

0.458 2.4 0.011 0.46 - -

Motor vehicle repair(4)

0.600 2.3 0.014 0.47 S-Jan. 2012 2.3

Motor vehicle insurance

2.401 2.8 0.072 0.69 L-Jan. 2012 3.1

Motor vehicle fees(4)

0.563 3.0 0.016 0.40 - -

State motor vehicle registration and license fees(10)(4)

0.328 0.9 0.003 0.59 - -

Parking and other fees(4)

0.212 6.4 0.013 0.37 S-Jan. 2012 6.2

Parking fees and tolls(4)(5)

  8.8   0.65 L-Sep. 2009 9.0

Automobile service clubs(4)(5)

  0.9   0.62 S-Aug. 2011 0.6

Public transportation

1.166 -0.3 -0.004 0.74 S-Oct. 2009 -4.5

Airline fare

0.759 -0.8 -0.008 1.04 S-Oct. 2009 -6.5

Other intercity transportation

0.146 -2.8 -0.004 1.41 - -

Intercity bus fare(6)(5)

      0.72 - -

Intercity train fare(6)(5)

  -4.5   2.70 S-Jan. 2012 -4.7

Ship fare(4)(5)

  -3.5   1.72 L-Jan. 2012 -1.5

Intracity transportation

0.258 3.0 0.008 0.48 L-Dec. 2011 4.3

Intracity mass transit(11)(5)

  2.0   1.48 S-Jan. 2012 1.7

Recreation services(11)

3.695 2.9 0.108 0.50 L-Jan. 2012 3.1

Video and audio services(11)

1.497 4.4 0.063 0.78 L-Jan. 2012 4.5

Cable and satellite television and radio service(13)

1.385 4.4 0.059 0.83 L-Jul. 2006 5.9

Video discs and other media, including rental of video and audio(4)

0.112 3.4 0.005 3.13 S-Jun. 2011 0.7

Video discs and other media(4)(5)

  -6.9   3.14 S-Feb. 2011 -8.0

Rental of video or audio discs and other media(4)(5)

  13.2   4.48 S-Sep. 2011 12.5

Pet services including veterinary(4)

0.407 3.2 0.013 1.14 S-Jun. 2010 3.1

Pet services(4)(5)

  2.8   1.05 S-Jan. 2011 2.4

Veterinarian services(4)(5)

  2.8   1.50 S-Mar. 2010 2.3

Photographers and film processing(4)

0.058 2.6 0.003 1.20 L-Jan. 2012 3.1

Photographer fees(4)(5)

  3.4   1.73 S-Nov. 2011 2.7

Film processing(4)(5)

  2.6   1.08 L-Jan. 2012 2.9

Other recreation services(4)

1.732 1.6 0.029 0.79 L-Jan. 2012 1.7

Club dues and fees for participant sports and group exercises(4)

0.568 3.4 0.019 1.56 L-Sep. 2006 4.1

Admissions

0.629 0.5 0.003 1.05 L-Jan. 2012 1.3

Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts(4)(5)

  0.3   1.24 - -

Admission to sporting events(4)(5)

  1.3   1.31 L-Jan. 2012 1.5

Fees for lessons or instructions(8)

0.230 0.6 0.001 0.94 S-Jan. 2012 0.3

Education and communication services(11)

6.153 2.5 0.143 0.26 L-EVER -

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare

2.990 4.3 0.123 0.44 - -

College tuition and fees

1.678 5.4 0.081 0.77 - -

Elementary and high school tuition and fees

0.379 3.6 0.015 0.51 S-Aug. 2010 3.5

Child care and nursery school(12)

0.772 2.4 0.019 0.35 - -

Technical and business school tuition and fees(4)

0.059 6.4 0.003 0.81 L-Jul. 2008 6.4

Postage and delivery services(4)

0.150 4.1 0.006 0.29 - -

Postage

0.139 3.9 0.005 0.30 - -

Delivery services(4)

0.010 6.7 0.001 0.43 S-Dec. 2009 1.6

Telephone services(4)

2.416 0.5 0.013 0.33 L-Jan. 2010 0.8

Wireless telephone services(4)

1.471 -0.7 -0.008 0.50 L-Oct. 2009 0.2

Land-line telephone services(11)

0.945 2.1 0.021 0.36 L-Dec. 2010 2.2

Internet services and electronic information providers(4)

0.583 0.1 0.002 0.77 S-Dec. 2011 -0.5

Other personal services(11)

1.701 2.2 0.037 0.40 L-Jan. 2012 2.2

Personal care services

0.629 1.4 0.009 0.47 L-Jul. 2010 1.4

Haircuts and other personal care services(4)

0.629 1.4 0.009 0.47 L-Jul. 2010 1.4

Miscellaneous personal services

1.072 2.7 0.028 0.46 L-Jan. 2012 2.9

Legal services(8)

0.295 2.0 0.006 1.07 L-Jan. 2012 2.0

Funeral expenses(8)

0.159 1.9 0.003 0.45 S-Aug. 2010 1.9

Laundry and dry cleaning services(4)

0.239 1.6 0.004 0.51 L-Feb. 2011 1.9

Apparel services other than laundry and dry cleaning(4)

0.030 4.7 0.002 0.95 L-Jan. 2012 4.9

Financial services(8)

0.208 5.7 0.011 1.11 L-Jan. 2012 7.1

Checking account and other bank services(4)(5)

  8.9   1.54 S-Jan. 2012 7.3

Tax return preparation and other accounting fees(4)(5)

  5.8   1.27 - -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less food

85.745 2.6 2.195 0.08 S-Feb. 2011 2.1

All items less shelter

68.587 2.9 1.985 0.08 S-Feb. 2011 2.7

All items less food and shelter

54.332 2.8 1.529 0.10 S-Jan. 2011 2.2

All items less food, shelter, and energy

44.309 2.4 1.050 0.11 L-Jan. 2012 2.5

All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks

42.427 2.3 0.985 0.12 - -

All items less medical care

92.917 2.6 2.417 0.08 S-Feb. 2011 2.1

All items less energy

89.978 2.4 2.172 0.08 - -

Commodities

40.250 3.5 1.427 0.12 S-Feb. 2011 3.1

Commodities less food, energy, and used cars and trucks

17.891 2.0 0.357 0.22 L-Jan. 2012 2.1

Commodities less food

25.995 3.7 0.971 0.17 S-Feb. 2011 3.6

Commodities less food and beverages

25.041 3.8 0.951 0.18 S-Feb. 2011 3.7

Services

59.750 2.1 1.225 0.10 L-Jan. 2012 2.2

Services less rent of shelter(15)

28.682 2.0 0.569 0.13 - -

Services less medical care services

54.392 1.9 1.045 0.10 - -

Durables

8.930 1.1 0.102 0.18 S-Apr. 2011 0.7

Nondurables

31.320 4.2 1.325 0.15 S-Jan. 2011 3.3

Nondurables less food

17.065 5.1 0.869 0.26 S-Jan. 2011 4.4

Nondurables less food and beverages

16.112 5.3 0.849 0.27 S-Jan. 2011 4.7

Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel

12.585 5.3 0.674 0.16 S-Nov. 2010 3.5

Nondurables less food and apparel

13.538 5.1 0.693 0.15 S-Nov. 2010 3.3

Housing

40.832 1.7 0.711 0.11 S-Aug. 2011 1.6

Education and communication(4)

6.761 2.0 0.125 0.25 L-Jul. 2010 2.1

Education(4)

3.192 4.3 0.133 0.41 S-Jul. 2011 4.0

Communication(4)

3.569 -0.3 -0.008 0.27 L-Aug. 2010 -0.3

Information and information processing(4)

3.420 -0.5 -0.014 0.28 L-Nov. 2010 -0.5

Information technology, hardware and services(17)

1.004 -3.6 -0.027 0.59 - -

Recreation(4)

6.035 1.2 0.076 0.35 L-Jan. 2012 1.4

Video and audio(4)

1.930 1.2 0.023 0.65 L-Jan. 2012 1.5

Pets, pet products and services(4)

1.097 2.8 0.032 0.62 L-Jan. 2012 3.3

Photography(4)

0.114 0.5 0.001 0.94 S-Jul. 2011 -0.3

Food and beverages

15.209 3.2 0.476 0.14 S-Apr. 2011 3.1

Domestically produced farm food

7.263 3.7 0.247 0.21 S-Mar. 2011 3.7

Other services

11.549 2.6 0.289 0.22 L-Aug. 2009 2.7

Apparel less footwear

2.858 5.8 0.167 1.12 L-Jan. 1991 6.5

Fuels and utilities

5.313 0.0 -0.002 0.27 S-Feb. 2010 -1.3

Household energy

4.151 -1.3 -0.055 0.31 S-Feb. 2010 -3.0

Medical care

7.083 3.5 0.234 0.18 L-Jan. 2012 3.6

Transportation

17.196 4.7 0.793 0.15 S-Nov. 2010 3.7

Private transportation

16.030 5.0 0.798 0.15 S-Nov. 2010 3.7

New and used motor vehicles(4)

5.607 2.1 0.128 0.21 S-Mar. 2011 1.3

Utilities and public transportation

9.930 0.5 0.051 0.23 S-Feb. 2010 -0.3

Household furnishings and operations

4.106 1.1 0.046 0.29 S-Jan. 2012 1.0

Other goods and services

3.357 1.7 0.060 0.33 L-Jan. 2012 1.7

Personal care

2.559 1.7 0.043 0.35 L-Apr. 2009 1.9

Footnotes
(1) The 'effect' of an item category is a measure of that item's contribution to the All items price change. For example, if the Food index had an effect of 0.40, and the All items index rose 1.2 percent, then the increase in food prices contributed 0.40 / 1.2, or 33.3 percent, to that All items increase. Said another way, had food prices been unchanged for that year the change in the All items index would have been 1.2 percent minus 0.40, or 0.8 percent. Effects can be negative as well. For example, if the effect of food was a negative 0.1, and the All items index rose 0.5 percent, the All items index actually would have been 0.1 percent higher (or 0.6 percent) had food prices been unchanged. Since food prices fell while prices overall were rising, the contribution of food to the All items price change was negative (in this case, -0.1 / 0.5, or minus 20 percent).
(2) A statistic's margin of error is often expressed as its point estimate plus or minus two standard errors. For example, if a CPI category rose 2.6 percent, and its standard error was 0.25 percent, the margin of error on this item's 12-month percent change would be 2.6 percent, plus or minus 0.5 percent.
(3) If the current 12-month percent change is greater than the previous 12-month percent change, then this column identifies the closest prior month with a 12-month percent change as (L)arge as or (L)arger than the current 12-month change. If the current 12-month percent change is smaller than the previous 12-month percent change, the most recent month with a change as (S)mall or (S)maller than the current month change is identified. If the current and previous 12-month percent changes are equal, a dash will appear. Standard numerical comparison is used. For example, 2.0% is greater than 0.6%, -4.4% is less than -2.0%, and -2.0% is less than 0.0%. Note that a (L)arger change can be a smaller decline, for example, a -0.2% change is larger than a -0.4% change, but still represents a decline in the price index. Likewise, (S)maller changes can be increases, for example, a 0.6% change is smaller than 0.8%, but still represents an increase in the price index. In this context, a -0.2% change is considered to be smaller than a 0.0% change.
(4) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(5) Special indexes based on a substantially smaller sample. These series do not contribute to the all items index aggregation and therefore do not have a relative importance or effect.
(6) Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
(7) Indexes on a December 2005=100 base.
(8) Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
(9) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(10) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(11) Indexes on a December 2009=100 base.
(12) Indexes on a December 1990=100 base.
(13) Indexes on a December 1983=100 base.
(14) Indexes on a December 2001=100 base.
(15) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(16) Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
(17) Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.

NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


Last Modified Date: April 13, 2012