The CPI-U for the West region rose 2.3 percent from July 2013 to July 2014. Energy costs, which include gasoline and household fuels, advanced 3.0 percent and food prices were up 2.9 percent. Excluding food and energy, the CPI-U increased 2.2 percent over the year.
Among the regions, the index for the Midwest declined 0.3 percent, and prices in the Northeast (0.1 percent) and South (-0.1 percent) were little changed in July. Over the year, prices were up 1.8 percent in the Northeast and Midwest and were 2.0 percent higher in the South.