Average Consumer Prices

Summary: Average consumer prices

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This database contains average consumer prices, in dollars, for household fuel, motor fuel, and food items as collected for the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  A limited number of measures are available starting in 1913. Most are available for shorter periods.  Data for many items are not collected and are therefore not reported. Average prices are best used to measure the price level in a particular month, not to measure price change over time. Not all categories are available in each geographical area.  


Prices, except for electricity, are collected monthly by Bureau of Labor Statistics in 85 urban areas. Electricit