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March 2, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer Price Index for the elderly

Relative importance of expenditure categories in Consumer Price Indexes for three population groups, December 2011
Expenditure group Percent of total expenditures
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers
Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
Experimental Consumer Price Index for the Elderly


100.0% 100.0% 100.0%


40.2 39.2 44.5


16.5 18.7 14.5

Food and beverages

15.0 15.7 12.8

Medical care

6.9 5.6 11.3


5.9 5.5 5.3

Education and communication

6.7 6.7 3.8


3.5 3.6 2.4

Other goods and services

5.3 5.1 5.4

These data are featured in the TED article, Consumer Price Index for the elderly.