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December 1996

Overview of the 1998 revision of the Consumer Price Index

John S. Greenlees, Charles C. Mason

The current revision of the Consumer Price Index encompasses changes ranging from reselecting areas, items, and outlets, to new systems for data collecting and processing. These projects and changes are encompassed in this sixth major revision in the CPI's history. This article provides a general description of those projects and changes, and directs the reader to additional articles in this issue for more in-depth treatment of several topics.

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