Charting An Average Consumer's Spending

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 4, 2008

New York Times chart and data – All of Inflation’s Little Parts: “Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000 prices in about 200 categories — like gasoline, bananas, dresses and garbage collection — to form the Consumer Price Index, one measure of inflation. It’s among the statistics that the Federal Reserve considered when it cut interest rates on Wednesday. The categories are weighted according to an estimate of what the average American spends, as shown [in the chart].”

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