Category Archives: Inflation

U.S. Inflation Hits 2 1/2-Year High; Consumer Prices in March Log Biggest Gain in 8 1/2 Years

U.S. inflation over the past year registered at a more than two-and-a-half-year high and consumer prices in March posted their biggest increase in more than eight and a half years, according to a government report released Tuesday, April 13.

Energy prices compared to a year ago increased for a second time following 11 consecutive declines. The over 13% surge is obviously significant. Then again, year-over-year pricing changes for many items, like energy, is somewhat skewed as consumer spending was impacted significantly in March 2020 due to the pandemic and resulting shutdowns. Continue reading U.S. Inflation Hits 2 1/2-Year High; Consumer Prices in March Log Biggest Gain in 8 1/2 Years

U.S. Consumer Prices Climb in February; Inflation Excluding Energy Tame

Inflation in the United States would have been exceptionally tame in February had it not been been for surging gasoline prices, according to a government report released Wednesday, March 10, as underlying inflation pressures remained weak.

Annual inflation increased the most since a year ago, driven up by energy which had previously logged 11 straight annual pricing declines. Energy and food prices increased together year-over-year for the first time since February 2020. Continue reading U.S. Consumer Prices Climb in February; Inflation Excluding Energy Tame

Annual U.S. Inflation Steady at 1.4%; Consumer Prices in January Highest in 5 Months

U.S. consumer inflation rose the most in five months, but was nevertheless mostly tame in January, according to a government report released Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Inflation over the past year read pretty much the same as the period ending in December with food prices higher and energy prices lower. Continue reading Annual U.S. Inflation Steady at 1.4%; Consumer Prices in January Highest in 5 Months

U.S. Inflation Again Rises 1.2% Year-Over-Year; Consumer Prices Climb 0.2% in November

U.S. inflation remained tame year-over-year even as consumers in November paid a bit more on the whole for goods and services, according to a government report released Thursday, Dec. 10.

Altogether, the annual picture was the same, or much the same, for inflation, food prices, the cost of energy and for core inflation as it was in the 12-month period ending October Continue reading U.S. Inflation Again Rises 1.2% Year-Over-Year; Consumer Prices Climb 0.2% in November

Annual U.S. Inflation Rises 1.2%; Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

Inflation in the United States was subdued in October following four straight months of gains, according to a government report published Thursday, Nov. 12.

Inflation pressures eased just a bit over the past year, also, with energy prices dropping the most since the 12 months ended July. Continue reading Annual U.S. Inflation Rises 1.2%; Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

Used Vehicle Prices in September Again Drives Inflation Higher; Annual Rate at 1.4%

U.S. inflation increased for a fourth straight month in September — again lifted in great part by used vehicle prices, according to a government report published Tuesday, Oct. 13, but its pace of advance was also the slowest in those four months.

The inflation landscape over the longer 12-month period did not change significantly from the previous reading with, for example, food prices higher and energy prices lower. Continue reading Used Vehicle Prices in September Again Drives Inflation Higher; Annual Rate at 1.4%

U.S. Annual Inflation Hits 1.3%; Consumer Prices in August Climb 0.4% as Cost of Used Cars Jump to 51-Year High

U.S. consumer prices rose for a third month in a row, driven higher in large by the cost of used cars and trucks which peaked to a more than 51-year high, according to a government report published Friday, Sept. 11.

Longer term, while inflation accelerated over the past year it remains tame for the most part with energy prices still a lot lower than they were last summer. Continue reading U.S. Annual Inflation Hits 1.3%; Consumer Prices in August Climb 0.4% as Cost of Used Cars Jump to 51-Year High

U.S. Core Inflation Near 30-Year High in July but Overall Inflation Subdued

U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in July and a measure of underlying or core inflation ran the quickest in nearly three decades, a government report published Aug. 12 shows.

In the longer term, however, while inflation accelerated over the past year it remains in check with gasoline prices significantly lower than they were last summer. Continue reading U.S. Core Inflation Near 30-Year High in July but Overall Inflation Subdued

U.S. Annual Inflation Rises 0.6%; Consumer Prices Rebound in June

U.S. consumer inflation bounced in June following three consecutive monthly declines, according to government figures released Tuesday, July 14, but underlying or core inflation remained rather subdued.

In the longer stretch, prices compared to a year ago swelled for food and declined for energy — despite a June surge in gasoline prices. Continue reading U.S. Annual Inflation Rises 0.6%; Consumer Prices Rebound in June

Rate of U.S. Inflation Slows Again as Consumer Prices Drop for Third Month in May

Impacted again by the COVID-19 pandemic, American consumers in May paid more for food and shelter and less for gasoline, clothing and travel, according to government figures released Wednesday, June 10.

Consumer prices declined overall for a third month in a row as underlying or core inflation remained weak not only for the month but from a year ago. Continue reading Rate of U.S. Inflation Slows Again as Consumer Prices Drop for Third Month in May