Food costs more, energy less, says Bureau of Labor Statistics

Restaurant meals were up 3.1 percent on the year.

BOSTON -- Lower prices for energy, primarily the price of gas at the pump, held consumer prices in check last month in the face of rising food and housing costs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers in the Boston metropolitan area was flat during the two months ending July 2016. The statistic measures consumer prices across a wide swath of

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