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Friday, February 19, 2010

CPI: Headline Up 0.2 Percent; Core Prices Fall 0.1 Percent

In January, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent. The rise was almost entirely driven by increases in energy prices, which rose 2.8 percent over the month. The core CPI, which excludes prices of food and energy, fell 0.1 percent. The decline was primarily due to a drop in rent prices and airline tickets. This was the first decline in the core index since 1982. From a year prior, the CPI was 2.7 percent higher. This was down from a 2.8 percent rise in December, however up from negative year-over-year changes as recently as October. The core CPI was up by a lesser 1.5 percent from a year prior.


























































Month/ Month % Ch.JanDecNovOctSepAug
    CPI0.20.20.20.20.20.4
    Core CPI-0.10.100.20.20.1
Year/ Year % Ch.





























    CPI2.72.81.8-0.2-1.3-1.5
    Core CPI1.51.81.71.71.51.4



10.02.19 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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