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Gasoline Leads Rise in Consumer Prices

The U.S. Consumer Price Index jumped 0.4% in May, the largest increase in two years.
Katie Kuehner-HebertJune 18, 2015
Gasoline Leads Rise in Consumer Prices

The deflationary trend led by low energy prices appears to have run its course, as U.S. consumer prices rose at a pace not seen in more than two years, boosted by a rebound in gasoline prices.

The Labor Dept.’s Consumer Price Index increased 0.4% in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the gasoline index rising 10.4% and accounting for most of the CPI’s increase. The index was unchanged for the 12 months ending May. In April, the CPI rose 0.1%.

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price supermarketEconomists polled by Reuters had forecast the CPI rising 0.5% from April and unchanged from a year ago.

Even though energy prices are stabilizing, underlying inflation pressures are being curbed by the strong dollar, Reuters said.

“Given a tightening labor market, which is expected to spur stronger wage growth, the retreat in underlying inflation pressures likely does not change views that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rate later this year,” Reuters wrote. “The U.S. central bank on Wednesday noted the stabilization in energy prices and expressed confidence that inflation will gradually move toward its 2% target.”

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The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1% in May, its smallest increase since December. The indexes for shelter, airline fares, and medical care all increased, as did the indexes for personal care, recreation, new vehicles, and alcoholic beverages. In contrast, the indexes for apparel, household furnishings and operations, and used cars and trucks all declined in May.

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