July 2010 Consumer Prices Rise 0.3%, Annual US Inflation Rate at 1.2%

U.S. consumers prices increased in July, lifted by energy costs, to mark the largest gain since August 2009 and the first monthly increase since March 2010, the government reported Friday. Inflation also rose on a yearly basis, driven by the same higher energy prices.

The cost of energy rose for the first time this year and drove the Consumer Price Index 0.3 percent higher in July.

The energy index posted its first increase since January and accounted for over two thirds of the seasonally adjusted all items increase," noted the Labor Department’s CPI July report. "Both the gasoline and household energy indexes turned up in July after a series of declines. The food index, in contrast, declined in July, largely due to the fourth consecutive decline in the fruits and vegetables index."

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