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Energy Prices Rose Sharply in March

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index for March. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.4% in March, after a 0.2% increase in February. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI increased by 0.1% in March, the same increase as in February. The price index for a… Read More ›

Consumer Prices Rose in February

Consumer prices rose modestly in February, reflecting increases in energy prices and the food index. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index for February. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.2% in February after being unchanged for three consecutive months, as shown in Figure 1. Excluding the volatile food and… Read More ›

CPI Slipped in December

In December, a big drop in energy prices dragged down headline inflation below zero, while core inflation remained steady. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), declined by 0.1% in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, after being unchanged in November. The “core” CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, increased by… Read More ›

Energy Prices Pushed CPI Higher in October

The CPI accelerated over the month of October reflecting increases in energy prices and the “core” CPI. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in October, faster than the 0.1% increase in September. It was the fastest monthly growth rate in the past nine months. The… Read More ›

CPI Growth Slows in September

Headline inflation rose slower in September relative to August, while core inflation was unchanged. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose by 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, slower than the 0.2% increase in August. The “core” CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, increased by 0.1% in September,… Read More ›

A Modest Increase in the “Core” CPI in August

The CPI increased by 2.7% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate while the “core” CPI rose modestly in August. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.7% in August, after the 2.1% increase in July. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI increased at… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index Rose Slightly in February

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose in February. The CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.5% in February, the smallest increase since July 2016. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.5%, following the 3.8% increase in January. The… Read More ›

OSB Prices Climb 14% in 2016

The price of softwood lumber rose by 2.3% in December, while prices paid for ready-mix concrete, gypsum products, and OSB all fell, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Ready-mix concrete, gypsum products and OSB prices fell by 0.1%, 0.2%, and 1.3%, respectively. The 2.3% increase in the softwood lumber price index… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index Rose in October

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose in October. Both headline inflation and core inflation increased. The CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.4%, faster than the two previous increases (2.5% in August and 3.6% in September). Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI rose at a seasonally… Read More ›