The CPI-U increased 0.1 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, the BLS reported. Along with the shelter index, the index for medical care increased, and the indices for alcoholic beverages and for personal care advanced slightly. Indices for airline fares and for used cars and trucks declined.
Over the last 12 months the all items index increased 1.7 percent as increases in shelter and food indices outweighed declines in energy indices. The food index rose 0.3 percent as five of the six major grocery store food group indices increased. The energy index declined 0.7 percent. The 12-month change in the index for all items less food and energy remained at 1.7 percent.