DJIA23862.49
LIVE185.19(0.78%)
NDX6557.70
LIVE66.18(1.02%)

Consumer inflation less threatening in February, CPI shows


Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:44 WIB

CPI AmerikaU.S. Inflation


c_740_198_16777215_00_images_assets_cpi.jpg

The consumer price index rose a mild 0.2% in February after a worrisome 0.5% increase in the first month of the year. The cost of housing rose and the price of clothes and auto insurance posted surprisingly large gains for the second month in a row.

Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.2% advance.

The increase in the CPI over the past 12 months edged up to 2.2% from 2.1%.

After stripping out gas and food, the more closely followed core rate of inflation also rose 0.2% last month. The 12-month rate of core inflation was unchanged at 1.8% for the third month in a row.

Inflation-adjusted U.S. hourly wages were flat in February. They’ve risen just 0.4% in the past year.

The rise in the cost of living last month was largely the result of higher rent and home prices.

Auto insurance was another big expense. The cost jumped 1.7% in February after a 1.3% move in the prior month.

The cost of clothes rose 1.5%, meanwhile, to follow up a 1.7% spike in January, a surprising turn after months of flat or declining prices.

Economists had expected auto insurance and apparel prices to level off.

Helping to keep inflation in check was a 0.5% drop in the cost of new cars and trucks, the biggest decline since 2009. Prices for telecommunications service such as wireless also fell sharply.

The cost of food was unchanged and energy prices rose just 0.1%.

Source: Marketwatch


RELATED NEWS

POPULAR NEWS

DISCLAIMER

Seluruh materi atau konten yang tersaji di dalam website ini hanya bersifat informatif saja, dan tidak dimaksudkan sebagai pegangan serta keputusan dalam investasi atau jenis transaksi lainnya. Kami tidak bertanggung jawab atas segala akibat yang timbul dari penyajian konten tersebut. Semua pihak yang mengunjungi website ini harus membaca Terms of Service (Syarat dan Ketentuan Layanan) terlebih dahulu dan dihimbau untuk melakukan analisis secara independen serta memperoleh saran dari para ahli dibidangnya.