Consumer price changes for home furnishings and household goods and services

April 15, 2019

Spring has finally arrived and it's the perfect time for spring cleaning, trying out your green thumb, or starting a home improvement project. Let's take a look at consumer prices for items or services you may buy when updating your home. The price of dishes and flatware fell 10.7 percent over the 12-months ending March 2019 while prices for major appliances increased 8.8 percent during this same period.

12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for household goods and services, not seasonally adjusted, March 2018–19
Expenditure category 12-month percent change

Dishes and flatware

-10.7

Window coverings

-3.6

Clocks, lamps, and decorator items

-2.9

Nonelectric cookware and tableware

-1.6

Indoor plants and flowers

-0.8

Floor coverings

0.9

Tools, hardware and supplies

1.0

Bedroom furniture

1.1

Outdoor equipment and supplies

1.5

Household cleaning products

3.3

Domestic services

3.5

Living room, kitchen, and dining room furniture

4.4

Gardening and lawncare services

4.4

Household paper products

4.8

Major appliances

8.8

Interior furnishings such as window coverings (–3.6 percent), clocks, lamps, and decorator items (–2.9 percent), and nonelectric cookware and tableware (–1.6 percent) all decreased from March 2018 to March 2019. Prices for gardening and lawncare services increased 4.4 percent and domestic services 3.5 percent.

These data are from the Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Consumer Price Index — March 2019." Also see Charts related to the latest "U.S. Consumer Price Index" news release.

 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer price changes for home furnishings and household goods and services on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/consumer-price-changes-for-home-furnishings-and-household-goods-and-services.htm (visited April 20, 2019).

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