Apparel prices up 0.5 percent over the year ending April 2017

May 18, 2017

Over the year ending April 2017, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) apparel index rose 0.5 percent, a smaller percentage increase than the 2.2-percent over-the-year increase for the CPI-U for all items. Apparel makes up about 3.1 percent of the total CPI-U market basket.

12-month percentage change in CPI-U for apparel, April 2007–April 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Month All items Apparel Men's apparel Boys' apparel Men's footwear Women's apparel Girls' apparel Women's footwear Jewelry and watches

Apr 2007

2.6% -0.4% -2.1% -3.2% -2.6% 0.4% 2.4% -1.3% 4.4%

May 2007

2.7 -0.8 -1.3 -3.6 -2.0 -0.2 1.9 -1.4 3.0

Jun 2007

2.7 -1.4 -1.6 -2.9 -4.3 -2.4 -1.5 -0.4 6.0

Jul 2007

2.4 -0.3 -0.8 -0.2 -3.3 -1.4 1.7 2.3 4.9

Aug 2007

2.0 -1.4 -1.2 -3.1 -2.9 -2.8 0.0 1.6 2.1

Sep 2007

2.8 -1.8 -2.0 -1.1 -2.0 -3.1 -3.8 -0.5 3.7

Oct 2007

3.5 -1.2 -1.8 1.0 -2.0 -2.0 -6.1 0.2 4.9

Nov 2007

4.3 -0.4 -0.9 -0.3 -1.6 -1.1 -3.9 0.9 4.4

Dec 2007

4.1 -0.3 -2.4 4.2 -2.0 -0.9 0.7 -0.9 4.0

Jan 2008

4.3 -0.2 -2.0 9.4 -1.5 -1.4 -1.4 0.1 3.1

Feb 2008

4.0 -1.0 0.1 6.9 -0.7 -3.8 -5.1 -0.5 3.5

Mar 2008

4.0 -1.4 0.5 3.6 -0.7 -4.5 -9.4 0.0 7.2

Apr 2008

3.9 -0.7 0.8 3.0 1.9 -4.3 -8.7 0.3 9.2

May 2008

4.2 -0.6 1.5 3.0 1.7 -4.4 -7.6 0.8 8.0

Jun 2008

5.0 -0.2 0.7 2.2 3.5 -3.4 -1.5 0.8 5.5

Jul 2008

5.6 0.8 -0.4 1.5 3.1 -1.4 0.0 1.0 8.1

Aug 2008

5.4 1.7 0.9 1.2 2.6 0.9 1.8 -0.8 9.0

Sep 2008

4.9 1.4 0.8 -1.8 1.1 0.3 3.8 1.3 8.2

Oct 2008

3.7 0.3 1.0 -3.6 2.6 -2.2 3.6 -0.1 7.5

Nov 2008

1.1 0.0 -0.4 -1.2 3.1 -1.7 0.2 -0.4 6.4

Dec 2008

0.1 -1.0 -1.5 0.2 3.9 -3.5 -4.4 -1.5 6.9

Jan 2009

0.0 -0.9 0.4 -0.9 3.0 -3.6 -3.3 -2.8 4.9

Feb 2009

0.2 0.8 2.0 2.1 3.3 -0.9 1.2 -0.3 3.7

Mar 2009

-0.4 1.4 2.7 1.1 3.8 0.3 0.8 -0.3 3.1

Apr 2009

-0.7 0.9 0.7 -0.4 2.4 1.2 -2.6 -0.3 2.5

May 2009

-1.3 0.8 0.4 1.2 2.2 0.7 0.7 -0.4 1.3

Jun 2009

-1.4 1.5 0.0 3.7 2.1 2.5 -0.1 -0.9 0.9

Jul 2009

-2.1 1.1 -0.9 4.0 2.9 1.9 0.3 -0.5 0.3

Aug 2009

-1.5 0.6 -1.0 7.0 3.9 -1.0 3.8 0.7 -0.9

Sep 2009

-1.3 1.1 -0.9 4.6 3.8 -0.2 5.0 1.4 0.8

Oct 2009

-0.2 1.4 -1.0 3.0 3.1 2.1 0.5 2.2 1.3

Nov 2009

1.8 1.0 -0.6 -0.3 2.0 1.3 -1.8 3.6 2.4

Dec 2009

2.7 1.9 0.5 -2.3 1.7 2.9 1.6 5.8 1.9

Jan 2010

2.6 1.7 -0.2 -3.9 2.6 2.8 2.3 5.5 0.8

Feb 2010

2.1 0.0 -2.9 -5.2 2.1 0.3 4.2 3.6 -0.4

Mar 2010

2.3 -0.4 -3.5 -6.1 0.9 0.5 1.1 2.2 1.1

Apr 2010

2.2 -0.9 -2.3 -5.9 1.3 -1.1 -0.2 1.8 1.6

May 2010

2.0 -0.6 -2.1 -5.9 0.6 -0.1 -4.1 2.5 2.9

Jun 2010

1.1 -0.4 0.8 -4.8 1.6 -1.2 -3.7 3.5 2.5

Jul 2010

1.2 -0.3 1.1 -4.8 1.3 -0.3 -4.6 2.3 0.3

Aug 2010

1.1 -0.4 0.0 -2.8 -0.9 0.8 -11.3 3.0 3.6

Sep 2010

1.1 -1.2 -0.2 -2.6 0.0 -0.8 -13.3 0.7 3.0

Oct 2010

1.2 -1.2 -0.4 -1.6 1.4 -1.9 -6.8 -0.8 1.6

Nov 2010

1.1 -0.8 -0.6 -1.2 0.7 -1.3 -2.6 -2.3 3.4

Dec 2010

1.5 -1.1 -0.7 -1.4 -0.8 -2.1 -3.6 -2.9 5.4

Jan 2011

1.6 0.0 -0.3 2.1 1.2 -0.6 -2.4 -1.8 7.3

Feb 2011

2.1 -0.4 -1.1 2.8 0.9 -0.6 -6.5 -2.5 8.6

Mar 2011

2.7 -0.6 -1.4 2.4 1.6 -1.5 -4.0 -2.4 7.1

Apr 2011

3.2 0.1 -1.2 4.2 0.3 -0.7 0.0 -2.4 8.5

May 2011

3.6 1.0 0.0 5.0 1.1 0.7 -0.6 -0.8 7.4

Jun 2011

3.6 1.9 0.7 5.6 1.0 1.7 3.0 -1.5 8.5

Jul 2011

3.6 3.1 3.3 6.4 1.7 2.6 3.3 -2.1 10.6

Aug 2011

3.8 4.2 4.0 2.7 3.6 4.2 9.0 -2.8 9.7

Sep 2011

3.9 3.5 3.5 5.9 2.7 2.5 10.7 -0.2 7.5

Oct 2011

3.5 4.2 4.4 6.4 -0.8 3.9 8.5 0.5 11.0

Nov 2011

3.4 4.8 5.9 7.8 -0.4 4.4 10.2 0.3 7.9

Dec 2011

3.0 4.6 5.6 6.4 2.7 4.0 9.3 0.1 7.0

Jan 2012

2.9 4.7 6.3 3.9 1.0 4.2 9.5 -0.1 6.8

Feb 2012

2.9 4.2 5.4 3.0 1.8 4.2 7.6 0.2 5.3

Mar 2012

2.7 4.9 5.1 10.4 1.7 4.9 8.9 1.5 5.3

Apr 2012

2.3 5.1 5.6 11.3 3.8 6.0 7.1 2.1 0.9

May 2012

1.7 4.4 4.9 7.6 3.9 5.2 7.9 1.4 -0.2

Jun 2012

1.7 3.9 3.7 5.2 3.4 4.1 6.5 3.6 0.7

Jul 2012

1.4 3.0 3.6 6.4 2.0 2.7 4.9 3.9 -2.1

Aug 2012

1.7 1.7 3.6 6.5 2.2 0.2 -1.7 4.4 -0.5

Sep 2012

2.0 2.7 3.4 2.8 2.6 2.4 1.2 4.1 2.8

Oct 2012

2.2 3.0 1.9 3.1 6.6 2.8 6.6 3.8 -0.5

Nov 2012

1.8 1.8 1.4 3.6 6.3 1.7 -0.5 4.0 -1.4

Dec 2012

1.7 1.8 1.2 6.1 4.0 1.1 0.3 5.3 -0.9

Jan 2013

1.6 2.1 2.3 4.3 5.1 1.4 2.9 5.6 -1.5

Feb 2013

2.0 2.4 2.5 4.1 5.7 2.9 -2.5 4.8 -0.9

Mar 2013

1.5 0.8 1.6 -1.6 4.8 1.7 -7.1 3.4 -1.2

Apr 2013

1.1 0.3 3.3 -3.9 3.3 -0.3 -7.5 3.4 0.0

May 2013

1.4 0.2 3.3 -2.0 1.5 -1.2 -6.6 4.2 1.3

Jun 2013

1.8 0.8 3.8 0.4 1.7 -0.9 -4.1 4.3 2.1

Jul 2013

2.0 1.6 1.6 0.5 3.2 1.2 0.5 3.6 4.9

Aug 2013

1.5 1.8 1.1 0.3 3.8 3.1 1.9 3.0 1.1

Sep 2013

1.2 0.8 0.7 2.7 2.8 1.4 -0.4 1.3 0.3

Oct 2013

1.0 -0.2 1.7 4.0 0.0 0.0 -7.0 0.2 -0.1

Nov 2013

1.2 -0.1 0.0 3.6 -0.8 0.7 -5.5 -0.7 0.7

Dec 2013

1.5 0.6 0.7 1.6 -0.6 3.2 -5.1 -2.6 -0.3

Jan 2014

1.6 -0.3 -1.7 3.9 0.6 3.1 -8.8 -4.7 -1.1

Feb 2014

1.1 -0.6 -0.4 2.4 -1.6 0.6 -3.0 -2.3 -1.7

Mar 2014

1.5 0.5 0.2 2.0 -1.2 1.6 0.5 -0.4 -1.8

Apr 2014

2.0 0.6 -2.1 5.1 0.0 1.8 6.1 -2.1 -2.8

May 2014

2.1 0.8 -2.4 5.8 1.0 2.7 5.2 -3.5 -3.4

Jun 2014

2.1 0.9 -1.7 4.6 2.5 3.8 1.7 -5.8 -3.5

Jul 2014

2.0 0.3 -0.2 2.8 2.4 1.2 -1.2 -3.4 -3.4

Aug 2014

1.7 0.0 -1.5 -1.8 0.9 1.1 -2.2 -2.0 -2.1

Sep 2014

1.7 0.5 -0.1 -1.7 2.0 0.7 -1.2 -0.1 -2.3

Oct 2014

1.7 0.7 -2.0 -1.4 1.3 1.5 1.3 0.5 -3.0

Nov 2014

1.3 -0.3 -1.2 -3.2 1.4 -0.4 0.0 0.2 -3.8

Dec 2014

0.8 -2.0 -3.0 -2.7 1.8 -3.5 -4.0 1.7 -4.3

Jan 2015

-0.1 -1.4 -2.4 -1.2 0.1 -3.5 0.7 2.8 -2.8

Feb 2015

0.0 -0.8 0.1 -1.2 1.1 -3.2 1.4 1.2 -2.4

Mar 2015

-0.1 -0.5 1.1 -1.2 0.8 -2.6 -1.1 0.8 -2.7

Apr 2015

-0.2 -0.8 -0.6 -1.8 1.8 -2.0 -3.4 0.9 -2.2

May 2015

0.0 -1.5 -0.5 -2.0 2.4 -3.2 -4.2 -1.1 -2.5

Jun 2015

0.1 -1.8 -1.3 -2.6 -1.0 -3.5 -4.5 1.0 -2.2

Jul 2015

0.2 -1.6 -3.0 -3.9 -1.1 -1.9 -3.6 1.6 -1.4

Aug 2015

0.2 -0.9 -1.6 -0.1 -0.3 -2.5 -0.1 1.5 -2.5

Sep 2015

0.0 -1.4 -0.2 -1.3 -2.0 -2.4 -4.6 0.3 -2.6

Oct 2015

0.2 -1.9 -1.1 0.6 -1.4 -2.7 -7.7 -0.2 -1.7

Nov 2015

0.5 -1.5 -1.4 3.6 -0.4 -2.7 -5.8 -0.3 -2.3

Dec 2015

0.7 -0.9 1.1 1.3 -1.4 -2.2 -2.4 0.1 -0.7

Jan 2016

1.4 -0.5 0.5 1.3 -0.5 -2.1 -2.3 0.9 1.8

Feb 2016

1.0 0.9 -0.4 -0.4 2.9 0.2 -1.3 0.7 6.9

Mar 2016

0.9 -0.6 -3.7 -1.7 3.4 -0.1 -0.1 -1.0 3.5

Apr 2016

1.1 -0.6 -2.2 0.3 1.7 -0.6 -2.9 -0.4 4.4

May 2016

1.0 0.5 -0.5 -0.6 -0.3 0.4 -0.3 1.3 9.0

Jun 2016

1.0 0.4 -1.0 0.4 -0.8 1.7 1.1 -0.8 6.6

Jul 2016

0.8 0.3 0.1 3.1 -1.1 1.6 -4.7 -2.2 4.9

Aug 2016

1.1 0.3 1.1 3.2 -1.3 -0.4 -2.8 -0.5 7.8

Sep 2016

1.5 -0.1 -1.5 4.4 1.0 -0.4 2.0 -1.3 5.3

Oct 2016

1.6 0.7 -0.5 3.0 2.0 0.3 3.1 -0.2 6.5

Nov 2016

1.7 0.3 -1.3 -1.6 0.0 0.8 1.6 0.2 6.6

Dec 2016

2.1 -0.1 -3.2 -1.8 1.3 0.3 0.5 0.7 4.6

Jan 2017

2.5 1.0 1.0 -3.4 0.2 2.1 -1.4 0.5 4.3

Feb 2017

2.7 0.4 2.2 -0.9 -1.5 1.4 -3.0 -1.1 2.3

Mar 2017

2.4 0.6 0.4 0.0 -0.3 1.3 0.0 -0.3 3.8

Apr 2017

2.2 0.5 -1.9 -2.8 -0.2 0.8 2.1 0.6 6.9

Within the apparel index, prices for men's apparel decreased 1.9 percent over the year ending April 2017, and prices for women's apparel increased 0.8 percent. From April 2007 to April 2017, the price index for men's apparel decreased 0.2 percent, and the price index for women's apparel rose 0.5 percent. The CPI-U for all items increased 18.3 percent over the same period.

Girls' apparel prices increased 2.1 percent over the year ending in April; boys' apparel prices decreased 2.8 percent. The CPI-U for girls' apparel decreased 10.7 percent from April 2007 to April 2017, while the CPI-U for boys' apparel increased 8.2 percent over the decade. Prices for jewelry and watches rose 6.9 percent over the year ending April 2017.

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — April 2017" (HTML) (PDF). Also see Charts related to the latest "U.S. Consumer Price Index" news release.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Apparel prices up 0.5 percent over the year ending April 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/apparel-prices-up-0-point-5-percent-over-year-the-ending-april-2017.htm (visited May 28, 2017).

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