U.S. consumer prices post first decline in 16 months

Shoppers carry their purchases along Broadway in New York City(Reuters) – U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index dropped 0.2 percent last month as a broad decline in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter costs.

It was the first decline since April last year and followed a 0.1 percent gain in July. Economists had forecast consumer prices being flat in August.  Read more

Categories: Economy, United States

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