WASHINGTON — Consumer prices inched up just 0.2% last month, the government reported today, buttressing analysts' predictions that 1985 will be a fourth straight year of modest inflation.
(In the Los Angeles area, prices were up 0.6%. In the last 12 months, inflation has risen 4.6%.)
The national report said gasoline prices were off a sharp 1.4%, their steepest decline in six months. Since March, 1981, those prices have fallen 15.2%.
Food prices rose just 0.2%, despite some late-month increases in fresh fruit and vegetable prices stemming from the Florida freeze, which promises to have a more pronounced effect on February's price activity.
The January overall figure compared to a 0.3% rise in December and a 0.2% gain in November. Inflation for all of 1984 was 4%.