Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
(taken from www.bls.gov)


Relative
importance
Dec 98

CPI-U
July 99

CPI-U
Aug 99
All items ...................................................
100.000
166.7
167.1
     
Food and beverages .................................
16.408
164.2
164.7
     Food ...................................................
15.422
163.8
164.2
            Food at home ...............................
9.691
163.7
164.1
            Food away from home .................
5.730
165.1
165.6
     Alcoholic beverages ............................
0.986
169.9
170.2
     
Housing ...................................................
39.828
164.7
165.0
     Shelter ................................................
30.283
188.0
188.3
            Rent of primary residence ............
7.007
177.5
177.9
            Owners' equivalent rent of primary
            residence .............................
20.529
193.0
193.4
Fuels and utilities ......................................
4.735
131.1
131.4
Household furnishings and operations .......
4.810
126.8
126.8
     
Apparel ...................................................
4.831
127.3
127.5
     
Transportation .........................................
16.999
144.7
145.7
     Private transportation ..........................
15.653
140.6
141.9
            New and used motor vehicles ......
7.843
99.8
99.7
     Motor fuel ..........................................
2.493
102.5
107.8
            Gasoline (all types) ......................
2.476
101.9
107.2
     Motor vehicle maintenance
     and repair ..........................................
1.624
172.1
172.1
     
Public transportation ...........................
1.346
200.8
197.1
     
Medical care ..........................................
5.713
251.1
251.9
     
Recreation .............................................
6.120
102.2
102.2
     Video and audio ...............................
1.748
100.6
100.9
     
Education and communication ................
5.478
100.4
101.2
     Education .........................................
2.694
106.0
107.5
            Educational books and supplies ..
0.203
262.3
264.5
            Tuition, other school fees,
            and childcare .............................
2.492
305.4
309.9
     Communication .................................
2.783
95.5
95.6
            Telephone services .....................
2.327
99.5
99.8
            Personal computers and peripheral
            equipment ..................................
0.148
52.9
50.9
     
Other goods and services .......................
4.624
258.3
257.6
     Tobacco and smoking products .........
1.159
356.0
350.1
     Personal care ....................................
3.465
161.1
161.4