Video and audio product prices fall 6.8 percent over year and audio services up 5.4 percent

September 18, 2017

From August 2016 to August 2017, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 1.9 percent. Consumer prices for recreation commodities fell 3.4 percent, while prices for recreation services increased 3.8 percent. Recreation commodities represent about 1.7 percent of the total CPI-U market basket, compared with 4.0 percent for recreation services.

12-month percentage change in CPI-U for recreational commodities and services, January 2011–August 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Month All items Recreation commodities Video and audio products Pets and pet products Sporting goods Photographic equipment and supplies Recreational reading materials Other recreational goods Recreational services

Jan 2011

1.6 -3.0 -9.7 -0.4 -0.5 -10.5 -0.2 -3.5 1.1

Feb 2011

2.1 -2.4 -8.3 0.0 0.1 -9.9 0.0 -3.7 1.4

Mar 2011

2.7 -2.6 -8.3 0.2 -0.2 -7.9 -0.9 -4.6 1.7

Apr 2011

3.2 -2.5 -8.7 0.3 -0.1 -4.7 -1.2 -4.3 1.1

May 2011

3.6 -2.0 -8.8 0.6 0.1 -3.2 -0.5 -3.0 1.4

Jun 2011

3.6 -1.7 -8.8 1.9 -0.3 -4.9 -1.0 -2.3 1.0

Jul 2011

3.6 -1.5 -8.5 2.2 -0.3 -3.7 -1.1 -2.1 0.7

Aug 2011

3.8 -1.3 -8.6 2.8 -0.3 -2.1 -0.9 -2.1 1.0

Sep 2011

3.9 -1.4 -8.6 3.2 -0.5 -2.3 -0.6 -3.2 1.5

Oct 2011

3.5 -1.6 -8.8 2.7 -0.4 -1.3 -0.3 -3.6 1.5

Nov 2011

3.4 -1.5 -9.0 2.8 -0.9 -0.4 0.4 -3.2 1.6

Dec 2011

3.0 -1.2 -8.5 2.9 0.0 0.0 0.4 -3.2 2.5

Jan 2012

2.9 -1.2 -8.2 2.6 0.1 -1.1 0.7 -3.3 3.1

Feb 2012

2.9 -1.3 -8.7 2.2 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -2.5 2.6

Mar 2012

2.7 -1.3 -9.3 2.6 -0.3 -2.4 1.5 -2.3 2.9

Apr 2012

2.3 -1.6 -10.1 2.5 0.3 -3.5 1.7 -3.5 3.0

May 2012

1.7 -1.7 -9.5 2.5 -0.3 -5.3 2.2 -3.8 2.6

Jun 2012

1.7 -1.8 -10.1 2.4 -0.4 -4.2 2.5 -3.7 3.3

Jul 2012

1.4 -1.9 -10.3 1.6 -0.2 -3.7 2.8 -3.4 3.4

Aug 2012

1.7 -2.1 -9.3 0.7 0.0 -4.0 2.6 -3.8 3.3

Sep 2012

2.0 -1.9 -9.4 1.0 0.9 -2.6 2.7 -4.1 3.4

Oct 2012

2.2 -1.8 -9.2 1.5 0.8 -5.3 2.0 -3.7 3.3

Nov 2012

1.8 -1.5 -8.9 1.5 1.0 -5.6 2.1 -3.0 3.2

Dec 2012

1.7 -2.0 -9.0 1.0 1.0 -7.6 2.4 -4.1 2.6

Jan 2013

1.6 -1.9 -8.6 1.0 0.6 -8.1 3.6 -4.1 2.1

Feb 2013

2.0 -2.0 -8.6 1.1 0.0 -5.7 4.1 -4.9 2.7

Mar 2013

1.5 -1.9 -8.5 0.9 -0.1 -2.7 3.8 -4.2 2.2

Apr 2013

1.1 -1.5 -8.4 1.2 -0.2 -5.8 3.9 -2.8 2.0

May 2013

1.4 -1.3 -7.4 1.4 0.3 -4.5 3.4 -3.2 2.0

Jun 2013

1.8 -1.8 -6.9 0.1 -0.3 -5.5 3.5 -3.6 1.6

Jul 2013

2.0 -1.6 -6.9 0.8 0.0 -8.3 3.5 -3.5 1.6

Aug 2013

1.5 -1.6 -7.0 0.8 -0.6 -6.3 3.9 -3.5 1.6

Sep 2013

1.2 -2.2 -6.9 0.1 -1.9 -8.0 3.1 -3.8 1.7

Oct 2013

1.0 -2.0 -6.6 0.3 -1.7 -6.8 3.9 -4.2 1.8

Nov 2013

1.2 -1.9 -5.8 0.2 -1.1 -6.2 3.7 -4.7 1.9

Dec 2013

1.5 -1.9 -5.8 0.3 -1.5 -3.9 3.0 -4.5 1.7

Jan 2014

1.6 -2.2 -5.9 -0.1 -1.4 -1.7 1.6 -4.7 2.0

Feb 2014

1.1 -2.1 -5.6 -0.9 -1.1 -5.6 1.4 -3.6 1.7

Mar 2014

1.5 -2.4 -5.6 -1.8 -0.9 -6.4 1.6 -3.9 2.0

Apr 2014

2.0 -2.3 -4.9 -1.7 -0.4 -2.7 2.6 -5.5 2.3

May 2014

2.1 -2.7 -6.1 -1.3 -1.9 -2.9 3.3 -5.8 2.2

Jun 2014

2.1 -2.3 -6.7 -0.3 -1.3 -2.4 2.1 -5.3 2.2

Jul 2014

2.0 -3.0 -8.0 -1.2 -2.2 -1.8 1.9 -5.1 2.3

Aug 2014

1.7 -2.9 -7.9 -1.4 -1.7 -0.9 1.2 -5.4 1.7

Sep 2014

1.7 -2.2 -8.1 -0.2 -0.4 0.5 1.7 -4.8 1.3

Oct 2014

1.7 -2.2 -8.2 -0.4 -0.8 -0.4 2.7 -4.4 1.5

Nov 2014

1.3 -2.8 -10.0 -0.5 -2.0 -0.8 1.9 -4.7 1.2

Dec 2014

0.8 -2.6 -10.5 0.3 -2.2 -2.2 2.2 -3.8 1.5

Jan 2015

-0.1 -2.8 -10.3 -0.3 -1.9 -4.3 2.1 -4.2 1.6

Feb 2015

0.0 -3.0 -10.2 0.0 -1.9 -3.5 1.9 -6.0 1.6

Mar 2015

-0.1 -2.8 -9.9 0.9 -2.2 -5.5 1.4 -5.6 1.6

Apr 2015

-0.2 -3.1 -10.6 -0.1 -2.2 -7.3 0.6 -4.3 1.7

May 2015

0.0 -3.0 -9.6 -0.4 -2.0 -8.4 0.8 -4.5 1.9

Jun 2015

0.1 -2.9 -8.5 -0.3 -2.2 -7.8 1.2 -5.2 2.1

Jul 2015

0.2 -2.5 -7.8 -0.6 -0.9 -6.0 1.8 -5.0 2.0

Aug 2015

0.2 -2.6 -8.3 -0.5 -0.9 -8.1 2.3 -5.4 2.5

Sep 2015

0.0 -2.5 -7.6 -0.8 -1.2 -8.5 3.1 -4.9 2.3

Oct 2015

0.2 -2.6 -7.1 -0.9 -1.7 -7.6 1.4 -4.4 2.4

Nov 2015

0.5 -2.6 -6.3 -1.9 -1.4 -7.5 1.8 -4.3 2.4

Dec 2015

0.7 -2.9 -7.3 -1.8 -0.9 -6.2 1.9 -5.7 2.5

Jan 2016

1.4 -2.4 -7.8 -0.5 -1.0 -5.2 1.1 -4.8 2.3

Feb 2016

1.0 -2.6 -8.2 -0.6 -1.8 -5.5 2.4 -4.9 2.7

Mar 2016

0.9 -2.9 -8.4 -0.8 -1.3 -5.6 0.6 -5.6 3.1

Apr 2016

1.1 -2.6 -8.8 0.3 -0.6 -7.6 -0.4 -5.9 3.2

May 2016

1.0 -2.6 -9.6 0.1 0.3 -6.3 -0.9 -5.9 3.1

Jun 2016

1.0 -3.4 -11.1 -0.5 -1.1 -4.3 -0.6 -6.5 3.3

Jul 2016

0.8 -3.5 -11.6 0.3 -1.7 -2.0 -1.6 -7.4 3.1

Aug 2016

1.1 -3.1 -12.1 0.7 -1.8 -0.2 0.0 -6.4 2.9

Sep 2016

1.5 -3.8 -13.9 0.4 -2.2 0.2 0.0 -7.2 3.1

Oct 2016

1.6 -4.0 -14.5 0.0 -1.3 2.3 -1.1 -8.0 2.8

Nov 2016

1.7 -3.8 -15.5 0.9 -1.6 3.1 -0.5 -7.6 3.2

Dec 2016

2.1 -3.5 -15.1 0.7 -1.4 4.4 0.8 -7.3 2.9

Jan 2017

2.5 -3.6 -13.6 0.0 -1.6 4.3 0.9 -7.4 3.4

Feb 2017

2.7 -3.3 -12.6 -0.1 -1.1 5.4 -0.4 -6.5 3.8

Mar 2017

2.4 -3.3 -11.8 -0.2 -1.5 5.6 1.3 -7.1 3.5

Apr 2017

2.2 -3.6 -10.5 -0.5 -3.0 8.2 2.0 -8.0 3.2

May 2017

1.9 -3.7 -10.2 -0.7 -3.2 6.7 1.7 -8.1 3.1

Jun 2017

1.6 -3.1 -7.7 -0.7 -1.9 4.5 1.1 -7.6 2.6

Jul 2017

1.7 -2.9 -6.9 -0.1 -1.9 2.4 1.7 -8.2 3.2

Aug 2017

1.9 -3.4 -6.8 -0.6 -2.4 1.5 -0.5 -8.6 3.8
12-month percentage change in CPI-U for recreational commodities and services, January 2011–August 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Month Video and audio services Pet services including veterinary Photographers and film processing Other recreation services

Jan 2011

1.6 4.9 2.3 1.1

Feb 2011

2.1 5.7 3.4 0.6

Mar 2011

2.7 6.1 3.3 1.0

Apr 2011

3.2 5.7 3.2 -0.1

May 2011

3.6 5.3 2.7 0.1

Jun 2011

3.6 5.2 2.2 0.0

Jul 2011

3.6 4.1 2.0 -1.0

Aug 2011

3.8 5.0 2.9 -0.7

Sep 2011

3.9 4.3 3.1 -0.1

Oct 2011

3.5 4.3 3.2 -0.3

Nov 2011

3.4 4.5 3.9 -0.2

Dec 2011

3.0 4.9 3.9 0.7

Jan 2012

2.9 4.5 3.1 1.7

Feb 2012

2.9 3.5 2.4 1.1

Mar 2012

2.7 3.2 2.6 1.6

Apr 2012

2.3 3.1 2.6 1.7

May 2012

1.7 3.0 1.5 0.9

Jun 2012

1.7 3.0 1.9 2.0

Jul 2012

1.4 3.1 2.4 2.6

Aug 2012

1.7 2.8 1.4 2.2

Sep 2012

2.0 2.6 1.3 2.8

Oct 2012

2.2 2.7 1.5 3.4

Nov 2012

1.8 2.9 1.0 3.3

Dec 2012

1.7 2.4 0.3 2.3

Jan 2013

1.6 2.4 0.6 1.4

Feb 2013

2.0 2.5 0.6 2.6

Mar 2013

1.5 2.4 0.2 1.6

Apr 2013

1.1 2.5 0.8 1.4

May 2013

1.4 2.6 0.5 1.8

Jun 2013

1.8 2.6 0.9 0.9

Jul 2013

2.0 2.2 1.3 1.1

Aug 2013

1.5 2.1 1.0 1.3

Sep 2013

1.2 2.5 1.3 1.6

Oct 2013

1.0 2.6 1.9 1.3

Nov 2013

1.2 2.6 1.1 1.4

Dec 2013

1.5 2.9 1.7 1.1

Jan 2014

1.6 3.2 1.8 1.5

Feb 2014

1.1 3.5 2.1 1.3

Mar 2014

1.5 3.5 2.1 1.7

Apr 2014

2.0 3.3 2.1 2.3

May 2014

2.1 3.2 2.9 1.8

Jun 2014

2.1 3.4 2.0 1.8

Jul 2014

2.0 3.3 2.0 2.4

Aug 2014

1.7 3.3 3.0 1.6

Sep 2014

1.7 3.0 2.6 0.8

Oct 2014

1.7 2.9 1.4 0.8

Nov 2014

1.3 2.9 2.0 0.6

Dec 2014

0.8 2.7 2.2 0.8

Jan 2015

-0.1 2.9 2.1 1.1

Feb 2015

0.0 2.7 1.7 1.1

Mar 2015

-0.1 2.7 1.3 1.7

Apr 2015

-0.2 2.7 1.1 1.7

May 2015

0.0 3.4 0.5 2.3

Jun 2015

0.1 3.5 0.2 2.9

Jul 2015

0.2 3.6 0.8 2.5

Aug 2015

0.2 4.0 -0.3 3.0

Sep 2015

0.0 4.1 0.6 2.8

Oct 2015

0.2 4.1 2.3 2.9

Nov 2015

0.5 4.0 1.6 2.6

Dec 2015

0.7 4.2 1.7 2.8

Jan 2016

1.4 3.7 1.9 2.5

Feb 2016

1.0 4.0 2.6 2.8

Mar 2016

0.9 4.1 2.7 2.8

Apr 2016

1.1 4.1 1.9 3.1

May 2016

1.0 3.8 2.8 2.4

Jun 2016

1.0 3.5 3.3 2.2

Jul 2016

0.8 3.6 2.6 1.9

Aug 2016

1.1 3.3 3.5 1.8

Sep 2016

1.5 3.2 2.3 2.8

Oct 2016

1.6 3.2 0.6 2.4

Nov 2016

1.7 3.3 1.3 2.3

Dec 2016

2.1 2.2 0.5 2.1

Jan 2017

2.5 2.6 -0.3 2.4

Feb 2017

2.7 2.5 -0.2 3.2

Mar 2017

2.4 2.2 -0.3 2.8

Apr 2017

2.2 2.1 -0.5 2.2

May 2017

1.9 1.6 -1.3 2.1

Jun 2017

1.6 1.5 -1.3 1.6

Jul 2017

1.7 1.8 -1.0 2.6

Aug 2017

1.9 2.0 -1.4 2.9

Among recreation commodities, prices for video and audio products fell 6.8 percent over the year ending August 2017, and prices for sporting goods decreased 2.4 percent. Prices for photographic equipment and supplies increased 1.5 percent over the same period.

Among recreation services, prices for video and audio services increased 5.4 percent from August 2016 to August 2017. Prices for photographers and film processing decreased 1.4 percent.

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — August 2017" (HTML) (PDF). Also see Charts related to the latest "U.S. Consumer Price Index" news release.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Video and audio product prices fall 6.8 percent over year and audio services up 5.4 percent on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/video-and-audio-product-prices-fall-6-8-percent-over-year-video-and-audio-services-up-5-4-percent.htm (visited April 23, 2018).

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