US Consumer Prices Ease as Expected, But Food, Shelter Inflation Continues to Soar

After rising 6.4% year-over-year in January, US consumer prices continued their descent last month, increasing 0.4% to an annualized 6%— in line with forecasts. Core CPI, which does not account for food and energy, was up 5.5% over the past 12 months, slightly below January’s 5.6% and also in line with expectations.

Despite the ongoing gradual decline in headline consumer prices though, shelter and food inflation continue to skyrocket, as the former rose another 0.8% to 8.1% year-over-year, with the increase accounting for over 70% of last month’s overall CPI gain. Food prices also aren’t showing signs of easing anytime soon, as the index rose 0.4%, with five of the six major categories noting increases.

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