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Highlights of Consumer Price Index (CPI) Item Structure Changes by Major Group

FOOD AND BEVERAGESThere were no significant changes to the content of this major group.
HOUSING The "telephone" strata moved to the new EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION major group. Cable TV moved to the RECREATION major group (formerly, ENTERTAINMENT). "Televisions and sound equipment" moved to RECREATION "Sewing machines" joined other sewing items and also went to RECREATION. As explained under APPAREL, we combined "household laundry and dry cleaning" with "apparel laundry and dry cleaning" and put the combination into OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES, and combined "household sewing" with "clothing sewing" and put that in RECREATION.
APPARELThe composition of the current APPAREL AND UPKEEP major group changed; the new major group, APPAREL, excludes the components of apparel upkeep. "Apparel laundry and dry cleaning" combined with "household laundry and dry cleaning" from the HOUSING major group and moved to OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES. "Sewing items" moved to the RECREATION major group and "luggage" moved to OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES.
TRANSPORTATIONThe composition of TRANSPORTATION did not change.
MEDICAL CAREThe composition of MEDICAL CARE did not change.
RECREATION (formerly ENTERTAINMENT)ENTERTAINMENT changed to RECREATION to make it clearer that it includes the costs associated with active leisure activities. RECREATION now includes video and audio equipment and services, including cable TV, and sewing previously in HOUSING. RECREATION now includes other sewing items that were previously included in the old APPAREL AND UPKEEP major group. RECREATION received "recreational reading materials" from OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATIONThis is a new major group. The "education" components were drawn from the old OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES major group; and the COMMUNICATION components, consisting of telephones, computers, and postage, were previously in HOUSING.
OTHER GOODS AND SERVICESThe size of this major group was reduced. OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES continues to include tobacco, personal care, and miscellaneous services and miscellaneous goods "School books and supplies" as well as "daycare, tuition, and other school fees," now are included in the new major group, EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION.

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