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December 1996

Publication strategy for the 1998 revised Consumer Price Index

Steven Grandits

The introduction of a new geographic area sample, a revised item structure, and updated expenditure weights for the Consumer Price Index must be accounted for in the CPI's publication strategy. In a new plan for the Consumer Price Index, the index will have a new set of items, to be published at the national and local levels. Another notable change is the reconstruction of several major CPI groups. This article summarizes the changes that the CPI revision will have on published index numbers.

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