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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 ›

Consumer Price Index Rose in September

Core inflation dropped while headline inflation increased in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September. The CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.6%, following a 2.5% increase in August. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.4%, slower than the 3.2% increase… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index in August – Strong Gain

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose in August.  Headline inflation increased from negative to positive due to the strong gain in the core CPI. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.4% in August, after a 0.5% decrease in July. Excluding the volatile food and energy components,… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index Dropped Slightly in July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for July. Headline inflation dropped below zero due to the deceleration in the core CPI and the decline in energy prices. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.5% in July, after a 2.6% increase in June. Excluding the volatile food and… Read More ›

Headline Inflation Remained the Same in June

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for June. In June, overall inflation was the same as in May, while core inflation declined. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.6% in June, equal to the annual rate in May. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI… Read More ›

Consumer Inflation Slowed in May Following a Sharp Increase in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for May. Overall inflation decelerated after an energy induced sharp increase in April, while core inflation (excluding food and energy) increased slightly. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.6% in May, down from 5.0% in April. Excluding the volatile food and… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index Rose in April – Pumping Up Inflation

Once again energy prices, notably gasoline (prices at the pump), are driving headline inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.0% in April influenced heavily by a 153.5% annualized increase in the price of gasoline. Increases in separate indexes for food and core CPI (excluding food and energy) were in line with recent… Read More ›