Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in March

April 18, 2001

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.1 percent in March, following increases of 0.6 and 0.3 percent in the first two months of the year.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, March 1992-March 2001
[Chart data—TXT]

The energy index declined for the second consecutive month, down 2.1 percent in March. The index for energy services fell 0.6 percent, as a 2.1-percent decline in the index for natural gas more than offset a 0.5-percent rise in the index for electricity. The index for petroleum-based energy declined 3.7 percent.

The food index, which increased 0.5 percent in February, rose 0.2 percent in March. The index for fruits and vegetables, which rose 2.6 percent in February, was virtually unchanged in March. Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 0.2 percent in March, following increases of 0.3 percent in January and February.

For the 12-month period ended in March, the CPI-U increased 2.9 percent.

These data are a product of the BLS Consumer Price Index program. Find out more in Consumer Price Indexes, March 2001, news release USDL 01-100.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in March on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/apr/wk3/art03.htm (visited July 25, 2016).

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