For Release: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Consumer Price Index, Houston-Galveston-Brazoria – August 2015
Area prices rise 0.4 percent in July and August, up 0.3 percent over the year
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Houston area rose 0.4 percent in July and
August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman
noted that 0.7-percent advances in the indexes for both all items less food and energy and for food, were
partially offset by a 3.4-percent decline in energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly,
short-term changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)
During the year ended in August 2015, the all items CPI-U rose 0.3 percent, the first 12-month increase since
December 2014. (See chart 1.) The index for all items less food and energy increased 2.8 percent over the year.
(See table 1.)
Local food prices rose 0.7 percent in July and August, after registering little change in May and June (-0.1
percent). Among the two components of the index, prices for food at home (grocery stores) advanced 1.1
percent, while prices for food away from home edged up 0.2 percent.
From August 2014 to August 2015, the food index rose 2.1 percent, reflecting the combined effects of a 1.7-
percent price rise at grocery stores and a 2.5-percent price rise for food away from home.
The energy index fell 3.4 percent in July and August, after rising 7.7 percent in May and June. The biggest
factor in the current two-month decline was a 5.4-percent decrease in the motor fuel index, though lower
natural gas prices also contributed, down 5.1 percent. Partially offsetting these increases, electricity prices
were up 0.9 percent during the period.
During the year ended in August 2015, energy costs registered a 22.1-percent decrea