CPI falls in November

December 17, 2003

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which was unchanged in October, declined 0.2 percent in November.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, November 1994-November 2003
[Chart data—TXT]

Energy costs declined 3.0 percent, following a 3.9-percent drop in October. Within energy, the index for petroleum-based energy declined 4.4 percent and the index for energy services fell 1.4 percent.

The index for food rose 0.4 percent with the index for food at home up 0.7 percent. A 3.2-percent increase in the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, reflecting a sharp rise in beef prices, accounted for the advance in grocery store food prices.

The index for all items less food and energy declined 0.1 percent in November, following a 0.2-percent increase in October. Downturns in the indexes for apparel, for household furnishings and operations, and for public transportation, coupled with a moderation of the rise in the index for shelter, were responsible for the deceleration between October and November.

For the 12-month period ended in November, the CPI-U increased 1.8 percent (as shown in the chart).

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program. Find out more in "Consumer Price Index: November 2003" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-886.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, CPI falls in November on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/dec/wk3/art03.htm (visited August 02, 2014).

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