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Consumer prices, October 2011 to October 2012

November 16, 2012

From October 2011 to October 2012, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2.2 percent before seasonal adjustment, an increase from the September figure of 2.0 percent.

12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, October 2011–October 2012
CPIPercent change

All items

2.2

Food

1.7

Energy

4.0

New vehicles

1.0

Used cars and trucks

-2.1

Apparel

3.0

Shelter

2.3

Transportation services

2.0

Medical care services

3.9

Over the last 12 months, the food index rose 1.7 percent. Over the same period, the food at home index rose 1.0 percent and the index for food away from home rose 2.7 percent.

The energy index increased 4.0 percent over the last 12 months. Over the same span, the indexes for gasoline and fuel oil have increased, rising 9.1 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively. The electricity and natural gas indexes have declined, with the former falling 1.2 percent and the latter decreasing 8.4 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy has risen 2.0 percent over the last 12 months. Indexes that have been rising more quickly include medical care (3.7 percent), apparel (3.0 percent) and shelter (2.3 percent). Among those rising more slowly or declining are the indexes for new vehicles (1.0 percent), airline fares (-0.5 percent) and used cars and trucks (-2.1 percent).

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — October 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2259.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer prices, October 2011 to October 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121116.htm (visited October 23, 2014).

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