May 16, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer prices increase 2.3 percent from April 2011 to April 2012

Percent change, April 2011–April 2012, and relative importance, March 2012, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, by expenditure category
Expenditure category Relative importance, March 2012 Percent change, April 2011–April 2012

All items

100.000 2.3

Housing

40.592 1.7

Transportation

17.577 2.9

Food and beverages

15.111 3.0

Medical care

7.047 3.4

Education and communication

6.712 2.0

Recreation

6.008 1.1

Apparel

3.612 5.1

Other goods and services

3.341 1.8

These data are featured in the TED article, Consumer prices increase 2.3 percent from April 2011 to April 2012.