Friday, October 15, 2010

September 2010 Consumer Price Index

From the Bureau of Economic Activity today:
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in September on a
seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months,
the all items index increased 1.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Increases in food indexes and another rise in the gasoline index contributed to the all items seasonally
adjusted increase this month. Four of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in
September as the food index posted its largest increase since October 2008. The gasoline index rose
again in September, leading to a third consecutive increase in the energy index despite a decline in the
index for household energy.

The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in September, as it was in August. The
shelter index was unchanged for the second month in a row. The indexes for apparel, household
furnishing and operations, recreation, and used cars and trucks all declined in September, offsetting a
sharp increase in the index for medical care and a slight increase in the index for new vehicles.

Over the last 12 months, the index for all items less food and energy rose 0.8 percent, the lowest 12-
month increase since March 1961, with the shelter component down 0.4 percent. The food index rose
1.4 percent, with both the food at home index and food away from home index rising the same 1.4
percent. The energy index rose 3.8 percent over the last year, with gasoline up 5.1 percent.