CHART: February CPI shows rising prices trends

March 18, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. CDT
The Consumer Price Index for all American urban consumers rose 0.7 percent in February after being stable for the two previous months, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

The motor fuel index jumped 9 percent in February, contributing to the 5.4 percent increase of the energy index. Among gocery store food group indexes, the fruit and vegetables index rose 1.4 percent. The index for used vehicles increased 0.8 percent. On the flip side, diary and related products and medical care commodities each declined 0.4 percent.

The CPI is a measure of average prices change in products and services purchased by households over time. The statistics are collected monthly from urban areas across the conutry.