August 19, 2011
Over the last 12 months, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 3.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.
In July 2011, the 12-month change in the all items index remained at 3.6 percent for the third month in a row. The change in the index for all items less food and energy continued its upward trend, rising to 1.8 percent in July, with the shelter and apparel indexes contributing notably to the acceleration. The energy index has risen 19.0 percent over the past year.
From July 2010 to July 2011, the food index has risen 4.2 percent with the food at home index up 5.4 percent. All major grocery store food group indexes have risen over the past year.
Over the past 12 months, the gasoline index has increased 33.6 percent. The household energy index has risen 2.7 percent over the last 12 months, with the fuel oil index up 37.2 percent and the electricity index up 2.0 percent but the index for natural gas down 2.8 percent.