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Mar 15, 2013 — Prices rose overall by 0.7 percent. The major factor: a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline. Since February, though, gas prices have retreated. So economists do not think the latest report changes the inflation picture.
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Sep 14, 2012 — The government reports consumer prices and retail sales increased during August, mostly due to more expensive gas prices.
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Aug 15, 2012 — A sluggish economy has kept prices from rising. But a recent uptick in the price of gasoline and the effects of this summer's drought on food costs could put some upward pressure on inflation in coming months.
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May 15, 2012 — Dropping gas prices helped hold inflation down. Meanwhile, April consumer spending may have been slowed because warm weather in March encouraged folks to get out their wallets then.
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Apr 13, 2012 — The news that consumer prices rose a relatively modest 0.3 percent in March from February supports "the view the U.S. Federal Reserve has room to provide more support for the economy if needed," Reuters concludes.
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Mar 16, 2012 — A spike in gasoline prices fueled the increase. The so-called core rate of inflation remained in check.
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Jan 19, 2012 — First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.
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Nov 16, 2011 — Falling energy costs kept inflation in check. But oil prices are up today, a sign that coming inflation reports might not be as welcome.
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May 13, 2011 — Higher prices for gasoline accounted for almost half of the 0.4 percent increase last month.
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Jan 16, 2013 — Consumer prices rose just 1.7 percent in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. That's about half the pace of 2011 — when prices went up 3 percent. A sharp slowing in the increase of gas prices was a major factor. The news means interest rates will likely stay low.
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