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For Release: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Consumer Price Index, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area – July 2020
Area prices up 1.6 percent in June and July and up 3.1 percent over the year
Prices in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 1.6 percent for the two months ending in July 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the bi-monthly increase was
most influenced by higher prices for energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-
monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 3.1 percent. (See chart 1.) The index for all items less food and
energy increased 3.3 percent over the year. Food prices rose 5.5 percent. In contrast, energy prices decreased
4.8 percent during the previous 12 months. (See table 1.)
Food prices rose 0.9 percent for the two months ending in July. (See table 1.)Prices for food away from home
advanced 1.5 percent, and prices for food at home increased 0.5 percent for the same period.
Over the year, food prices rose 5.5 percent. Prices for food away from home increased 6.6 percent since a year
ago, and prices for food at home advanced 4.8 percent.
The energy index jumped 18.8 percent for the two months ending in July. The increase was mainly due to
higher prices for gasoline (41.1 percent). Prices for electricity were unchanged.
Energy prices decreased 4.8 percent over the year, led by lower prices for electricity (-6.0 percent). Prices paid
for gasoline also decreased, down 3.1 percent.
All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy advanced 0.8 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher
prices for shelter (2.5 percent) and motor vehi