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Lettuce prices up 15 percent, TV prices down 17 percent over the year ending February 2019

March 18, 2019

Prices for food, drinks, clothing, services, gasoline, and televisions and other household items are always changing, some more than others. From February 2018 to February 2019, the price of lettuce increased 14.5 percent while television prices decreased 16.8 percent. This compared to an increase of 1.5 percent for all consumer items over that period.

12-month percentage change, Consumer Price Index, selected items, February 2018–February 2019, not seasonally adjusted
Item 12-month percent change

Lettuce

14.5%

Tax return preparation and other accounting fees

13.8

Boys' apparel

10.5

Shelf stable fish and seafood

9.1

Laundry equipment

8.9

Boys' and girls' footwear

7.8

Health insurance

7.7

Women's outerwear

6.7

Sewing machines, fabric and supplies

6.1

Newspapers and magazines

6.0

Fresh vegetables

5.8

Baby food

5.6

Postage and delivery services

5.5

Checking account and other bank services

5.4

Processed fish and seafood

5.2

Carbonated drinks

5.0

Garbage and trash collection

5.0

All items

1.5

Recorded music and music subscriptions

-5.0

Women's suits and separates

-5.1

Window coverings

-5.5

Watches

-5.8

Eggs

-5.9

Women's underwear, nightwear, swimwear, and accessories

-5.9

Dried beans, peas, and lentils

-7.4

Toys

-8.8

Video and audio products

-8.9

Gasoline (all types)

-9.1

Dishes and flatware

-9.7

Infants' equipment

-11.5

Telephone hardware, calculators, and other consumer information items

-15.1

Televisions

-16.8

Within apparel, prices for boys' apparel increased 10.5 percent, boys' and girls' footwear increased 7.8 percent, and women's outerwear increased 6.7 percent from February 2018 to February 2019. Prices for women's underwear, nightwear, swimwear, and accessories decreased 5.9 percent, while prices for women's suits and separates decreased 5.1 percent.

Among food items, prices for shelf stable fish and seafood increased 9.1 percent, fresh vegetables increased 5.8 percent, and baby food increased 5.6 percent for the year ending February 2019. Prices for dried beans, peas and lentils decreased 7.4 percent while prices for eggs decreased 5.9 percent.

From February 2018 to February 2019, prices for telephone hardware, calculators, and other consumer information items decreased 15.1 percent, video and audio products decreased 8.9 percent, and toys decreased 8.8 percent.

These data are from the Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Consumer Price Index — February 2019." Also see Charts related to the latest "U.S. Consumer Price Index" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Lettuce prices up 15 percent, TV prices down 17 percent over the year ending February 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/lettuce-prices-up-15-percent-tv-prices-down-17-percent-over-the-year-ending-february-2019.htm (visited July 04, 2020).

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