Beginning in May 2012, Focus on Prices and Spending has been consolidated with several other BLS publications into a new series of reports called Beyond the Numbers. Beyond the Numbers illuminates interesting, timely BLS data on discrete topics and is oriented towards a general audience.
Focus on Prices and Spending is a series of BLS reports that include data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index (PPI), International Price (IPP), and Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) programs. These quarterly reports highlight recent trends in inflation and spending in the U.S. economy. They supplement the regular monthly (or annual in the case of the Consumer Expenditure Survey) press releases produced by each program, and focus on special topics and longer term trends in the economy, providing users a more in depth analysis of price or spending information. They are posted on the BLS website and usually appear 6 weeks after the end of each quarter.