February 22, 2000 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer prices in January

On September 28, 2000, the BLS released revised Consumer Price Indexes for January through August 2000. The article on this page contains revised data. For further information see 'Revisions in January to August 2000 CPI Data' available from the Consumer Price Index Homepage.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.2 percent in January, the same as in each of the preceding three months. For the 12-month period ended in January, the unadjusted CPI-U increased 2.7 percent.

Percent change from 12 months ago, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, January 1991-January 2000
[Chart data—TXT]

The food index declined 0.1 percent in January after registering small increases throughout most of 1999. The energy index continued to advance, up 1.0 percent in January. The index for petroleum-based energy increased 1.9 percent and the index for energy services rose 0.1 percent.

Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U rose 0.2 percent in January, following an increase of 0.1 percent in December. The January advance reflects larger increases in shelter costs and educational books, coupled with an upturn in the price of cigarettes.

These data are a product of the BLS Consumer Price Index program. 

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