The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.4 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau
 of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all
 items index increased 3.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.

 The energy index posted another increase in April as the gasoline
 index continued to rise, the latter accounting for almost half of the
 seasonally adjusted all items increase. The household energy index
 also rose, with all of its major components posting increases. The
 food index increased as well in April, though the 0.5 percent rise in
 the food at home index was the smallest increase this year. Within
 the food at home component, the indexes for meats, poultry, fish, and
 eggs, for dairy and related products, and for nonalcoholic beverages
 all posted notable increases, though the fresh vegetables index did
 decline following recent advances.

 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in
 April, the third increase of that size in the last four months.
 Indexes making major contributions to that increase included those
 for new vehicles, used cars and trucks, medical care, and shelter.

 The 12-month increases of major indexes continue to climb. The all
 items index rose 3.2 percent for the 12 months ending April 2011, the
 highest figure since October 2008. The energy index has now risen
 19.0 percent over the last 12 months, with the gasoline index up 33.1
 percent. The food index has risen 3.2 percent while the index for all
 items less food and energy has increased 1.3 percent; both figures
 represent increases over recent months.

 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city
 average

                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from
                                          preceding month
                                                                          Un-
                                                                       adjusted
                                                                        12-mos.
                              Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.  Mar.  Apr.   ended
                              2010  2010  2010  2011  2011  2011  2011   Apr.
                                                                         2011  

 All items..................    .2    .1    .4    .4    .5    .5    .4      3.2
  Food......................    .1    .2    .1    .5    .6    .8    .4      3.2
   Food at home.............    .1    .2    .2    .7    .8   1.1    .5      3.9
   Food away from home (1)..    .1    .1    .1    .2    .2    .3    .3      2.1
  Energy....................   2.5    .1   4.0   2.1   3.4   3.5   2.2     19.0
   Energy commodities.......   4.4    .7   6.4   4.0   4.8   5.5   3.1     32.7
    Gasoline (all types)....   4.5    .7   6.7   3.5   4.7   5.6   3.3     33.1
    Fuel oil (1)............   4.7   4.2   4.9   6.8   5.8   6.2   3.2     35.1
   Energy services..........    .0   -.8    .6   -.6   1.1    .2    .6       .1
    Electricity.............    .2    .6    .3   -.5    .4    .7    .2       .6
    Utility (piped) gas
       service..............   -.6  -5.3   1.7  -1.2   3.4  -1.4   1.9     -1.5
  All items less food and
     energy.................    .0    .1    .1    .2    .2    .1    .2      1.3
   Commodities less food and
      energy commodities....   -.2    .0   -.1    .2    .2    .1    .4       .7
    New vehicles............   -.1   -.2   -.1   -.1   1.0    .7    .7      2.4
    Used cars and trucks....   -.6    .1   -.1   -.3    .1    .8   1.2      3.3
    Apparel.................   -.2    .1    .1   1.0   -.9   -.5    .2       .1
    Medical care commodities
       (1)..................    .1    .2    .1    .5    .7    .5    .5      3.1
   Services less energy
      services..............    .1    .2    .1    .1    .2    .2    .1      1.6
    Shelter.................    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1      1.0
    Transportation services     .3    .4    .2    .6    .5    .5    .2      3.6
    Medical care services...    .2    .2    .3   -.1    .4    .1    .3      2.8

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.

 Consumer Price Index Data for April 2011

 Food

 The food index rose 0.4 percent in April after rising 0.8 percent in
 March. The food at home index, up 1.1 percent in March, rose 0.5
 percent in April. The deceleration was mainly due to the fresh
 vegetables index, which turned down in April, falling 2.7 percent
 after posting large increases in each of the previous two months.
 This led to the fruits and vegetables index declining 1.1 percent,
 the only major grocery store food group to decline in April. In
 contrast to this decline, the index for dairy and related products
 rose 1.7 percent, the index for nonalcoholic beverages advanced 1.2
 percent, and the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased
 1.1 percent. The indexes for cereals and bakery products and for
 other food at home posted smaller increases. The food at home index
 has risen 3.9 percent over the last 12 months, with all major grocery
 store food groups increasing over the period. The index for food away
 from home rose 0.3 percent in April, the same increase as in March.

 Energy

 The energy index rose 2.2 percent in April. This is the tenth
 increase in a row and follows advances of 3.5 percent in March and
 3.4 percent in February. The gasoline index rose 3.3 percent in April
 after a 5.6 percent increase in March. (Before seasonal adjustment,
 gasoline prices rose 7.5 percent in April.) The index for household
 energy also increased in April, rising 0.7 percent. The fuel oil
 index rose 3.2 percent, continuing a strong upward trend, while the
 index for electricity increased 0.2 percent. The index for natural
 gas, which declined in March, rose 1.9 percent in April. The
 household energy index has risen 1.9 percent over the last 12 months,
 with the fuel oil index up 35.1 percent and the electricity index up
 0.6 percent but the index for natural gas down 1.5 percent.

 All items less food and energy

 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in
 April after increasing 0.1 percent in March. The shelter index, and
 its rent and owners' equivalent rent components, all repeated their
 March increases of 0.1 percent. The new vehicles index rose 0.7
 percent, also a repeat of its March increase, while the index for
 used cars and trucks advanced 1.2 percent in April after a 0.8
 percent increase in March. The index for medical care, which rose 0.2
 percent in March, advanced 0.4 percent in April. The index for
 medical care commodities increased 0.5 percent while the medical care
 services index rose 0.3 percent. The indexes for apparel and for
 household furnishings and operations both turned up in April, each
 rising 0.2 percent after declining in March. The index for recreation
 was unchanged in April, as it was in March. The tobacco index
 declined in April, falling 0.4 percent, its largest decline since
 2007.

 The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.3 percent
 over the last 12 months. Indexes that have increased over that time
 include airline fares (up 12.1 percent), medical care (up 2.9
 percent), new vehicles (up 2.4 percent), and shelter (up 1.0
 percent). Indexes that have declined included household furnishings
 and operations (down 0.9 percent) and recreation (down 0.4 percent).

 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures

 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 3.2 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 224.906
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 0.6 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.

 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 3.6 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 221.743 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index rose 0.8
 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.

 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 2.9 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index increased 0.6 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 Please note that the indexes for the post-2009 period are subject to
 revision.

 The Consumer Price Index for May 2011 is scheduled to be released on
 Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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