Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CPI declines 0.1%, Core CPI Flat

by Bill McBride on 5/19/2010 08:30:00 AM

From the BLS report on the Consumer Price Index this morning:

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.1 percent in April...

The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in April, as it was in March. The shelter index and its major components of rent and owners' equivalent rent were all unchanged in April.
Owners' equivalent rent (OER) is now down slightly year-over-year.

The disinflationary trend continues - and with all the slack in the system (especially the 9.9% unemployment rate), it is hard to see inflation picking up any time soon. The high unemployment rate and low measured inflation suggest the Fed will hold the Fed funds rate at the current level for some time.

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