Food and beverage C.P.I. rises 0.1% in May

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Consumer Price Index for food and beverages increased 0.1% in May, climbing to 233.3 from 233.1 in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor. The food index was unchanged in May.

Four of the six major grocery store food group indexes decreased during May, led by the index for nonalcoholic beverages, which fell 0.6% to 167.9.

The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs declined 0.5% after rising 0.1% in April and 0.8% in March.
The index for dairy and related products fell 0.4% in May, its fourth consecutive decline, while the cereals and bakery products index decreased 0.1%.

The only two increases during the month occurred in the index for fruits and vegetables, which rose 0.4% to 283.1, and in the other food at home index, which rose 0.3%, its sixth consecutive increase.

The food at home index has increase 2.7% over the past 12 months, with the fruits and vegetables index declining 0.4% over that span and the other five groups increasing from 1.2% to 4.8%.

The overall Consumer Price Index, which was flat in April, fell 0.3% in May. The index now has increased 1.7% over the past 12 months.

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