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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CPI increases 0.5% in June, Core CPI 0.2%

by Calculated Risk on 7/16/2013 08:40:00 AM

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Consumer Price Index - June 2013

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.5 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.8 percent before seasonal adjustment. The gasoline index rose sharply in June and accounted for about two thirds of the seasonally adjusted all items change.
The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2 percent in June, the same increase as in May.
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On a year-over-year basis, CPI is up 1.8 percent, and core CPI is up also up 1.6 percent.  Both are below the Fed's target. This was close to the consensus forecast of a 0.4% increase for CPI (due to gasoline prices), and a 0.2% increase in core CPI.

Note: CPI-W (used for cost of living adjustment, COLA) is also up 1.8% year-over-year in June.  The COLA is calculated using the average Q3 data (July, August, and September).

I'll post a graph later today after the Cleveland Fed releases the median and trimmed-mean CPI.