Consumer prices in October

November 20, 2002

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.3 percent in October, following an increase of 0.2 percent in September.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, October 1993–October 2002
[Chart data—TXT]

The index for food rose 0.1 percent in October. The index for food at home declined 0.1 percent, reflecting decreases in the indexes for fruits and vegetables and for meats, poultry, fish and eggs.

Energy costs advanced for the fourth consecutive month—up 1.9 percent in October—and accounted for about half of the overall October advance. Within energy, the index for petroleum-based energy rose 3.3 percent and the index for energy services increased 0.4 percent. Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 0.2 percent after increasing 0.1 percent in September.

During the first 10 months of 2002, the CPI-U rose at a 2.7-percent seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). This compares with an increase of 1.6 percent for all of 2001.

For the 12-month period ended in October, the CPI-U increased 2.0 percent.

These data are a product of the BLS Consumer Price Index program. Find out more in "Consumer Price Indexes, October 2002" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 02-647.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Consumer prices in October on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/nov/wk3/art03.htm (visited April 16, 2014).

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