CPI: FOOD, BEVERAGE PRICES UP IN 1999

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department reported in its Consumer Price Index that food and beverage prices rose 0.2% in February, following a 0.4% increase in January.for food at home also rose 0.1% in February, following a 0.5% rise in January. The deceleration in prices was largely due to a sharp downturn in prices for fruits and vegetables, which declined 1.1% in February, following a 2.2% increase

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department reported in its Consumer Price Index that food and beverage prices rose 0.2% in February, following a 0.4% increase in January.

for food at home also rose 0.1% in February, following a 0.5% rise in January. The deceleration in prices was largely due to a sharp downturn in prices for fruits and vegetables, which declined 1.1% in February, following a 2.2% increase in January.

According to Labor analysts, a 3.4% decline in the price for fresh v

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