Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CPI Increases 0.4% in August, BLS Rent Measures Increase Slightly

by Calculated Risk on 9/16/2009 08:33:00 AM

From the BLS: Consumer Price Index Summary

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in August, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. The index has decreased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
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The index for all items less food and energy also rose 0.1 percent in August, the second consecutive such increase.
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the shelter index ... rose 0.1 percent in August after a 0.2 percent decline in July. The rent index was unchanged and the index for owners' equivalent rent increased 0.1 percent.
The BLS measure for rent increased slightly (rounded to flat). And owners' equivalent rent (OER), the largest component of CPI, increased slightly even though rents have been falling in most areas.

CPI has declined 1.5% compared to one year ago.