Jamie Pentagulio

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released February 2020 Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) today. The All commodities index increased by 0.3% over the last month & has increased 2.3% over the last year on a seasonally unadjusted basis. All items less food and energy increased by 0.5% between January 2020 – February 2020 & rose 2.4% between February ’19 – February 2020. Commodities less food and energy commodities maintained the same from February of 2019 to February 2020 and increased 0.7% in the last month. Photographic equipment and supplies increased 4.9% over the last month & rose 9.6% over the last year. Cheese and related products rose 1.1% between January and February 2020 & and increased by 5.3% between February ’19 – February  2020. Music instruments and accessories increased by 1% from January to February and rose by 4.6% from February ’19 to February 2020. Dairy & related products increased by 0.6% from January – February 2020 and rose by 3.6% from February ’19 to February 2020. Sugar and sugar substitutes rose by 0.5% over the last month and increased by 5% over the last year.


BLS CPI CodeBLS CPI Category Description1M 2/20YTD 2/201Y 2/203Y 2/205Y 2/2010Y 2/2020Y 2/20
SAFFOOD & BEVERAGES0.3%0.8%1.7%1.7%1.2%1.8%2.3%
SAF11Food at home0.4%1.0%0.8%0.9%0.1%1.3%1.9%
SAF114Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials0.5%1.9%0.4%0.7%0.5%0.6%1.1%
SEFNJuices & nonalcoholic drinks0.4%2.0%0.5%1.4%1.0%0.8%1.2%
SEFN01Carbonated drinks1.0%4.2%0.8%1.9%1.5%1.0%1.6%
SEFN03Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices & drinks-0.1%0.5%0.4%1.0%0.8%0.6%0.8%
SEFPBeverage materials including coffee & tea0.9%1.5%0.1%-0.8%-0.8%0.2%0.8%
SEFP02Other beverage materials including tea1.6%0.9%1.9%0.2%0.3%0.4%1.1%
SAF115Other food at home1.2%1.3%1.0%0.7%0.4%1.1%1.6%
SEFT06Other miscellaneous foods1.1%-1.2%2.3%0.6%0.4%1.0%1.2%
SEFWAlcoholic beverages at home0.7%1.3%0.4%1.2%0.9%0.8%1.4%
SEFW01Beer, ale & other malt beverages at home0.5%1.3%2.0%2.0%1.9%1.6%2.1%
SEFW02Distilled spirits at home0.2%1.3%-1.3%0.2%0.0%0.3%1.0%
SEFW03Wine at home1.0%1.3%-0.8%0.5%0.1%0.0%0.6%
SEHEFUEL OIL & OTHER FUELS-5.2%-4.8%-4.7%2.1%-0.3%-0.1%3.2%
SAH3HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGS & OPERATIONS0.4%1.0%0.7%0.9%0.3%-0.2%-0.1%
SAM1MEDICAL CARE COMMODITIES-0.4%-0.7%1.8%0.8%1.7%2.1%2.5%
SEMFMedicinal drugs-0.4%-0.7%1.9%0.8%1.8%2.2%
SEMF01Prescription drugs-0.5%-0.4%2.4%1.1%2.4%2.9%3.3%
SEMF02Nonprescription drugs-0.3%-1.5%-0.1%-0.3%-0.5%-0.5%
SEMGMedical equipment and supplies-0.3%-1.1%0.0%0.4%0.3%0.1%
SEEAEDUCATIONAL BOOKS & SUPPLIES0.8%-1.6%-3.2%-1.3%1.0%2.9%4.5%
SEGATOBACCO & SMOKING PRODUCTS0.4%0.6%5.6%5.3%4.6%3.9%5.6%
SEGBPERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS1.1%1.2%0.3%-0.3%-0.4%-0.1%0.3%
SEGEMISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL GOODS-0.9%3.1%4.5%-0.5%-1.5%-1.4%-1.1%
SAGOTHER GOODS AND SERVICES0.4%1.0%2.7%2.4%2.2%2.0%2.8%
SEREOther recreational goods-0.3%1.1%-6.0%-6.9%-6.4%-5.3%-4.6%
SERGRecreational reading materials0.3%1.7%6.0%2.9%2.1%1.8%1.7%


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