Consumer prices up 0.3 percent in September

October 17, 2003

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.3 percent in September, the same as in August.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, September 1994–September 2003
[Chart data—TXT]

Energy costs advanced sharply for the second consecutive month—up 3.0 percent in September—reflecting a 6.3 percent increase in the index for gasoline.

The index for food rose 0.2 percent with the index for food at home up 0.3 percent. Increases in the indexes for dairy products and for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs were partially offset by declines in the indexes for fruits and vegetables, for cereal and bakery products, and for nonalcoholic beverages.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in September, the same as in August. A smaller increase in the index for shelter was offset by larger increases in the indexes for medical care and apparel.

For the 12-month period ended in September, the CPI-U increased 2.3 percent (as shown in the chart).

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program. Find out more in "Consumer Price Index: September 2003" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-549.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer prices up 0.3 percent in September on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/oct/wk2/art04.htm (visited October 31, 2014).

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