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August 2012 - Volume 20, Number 3


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Consumer Price Index, Monthly Change

Consumer Price Index


The seasonally adjusted official Consumer Price Index remained flat in the second quarter of 2012. Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 1.7 percent. The energy index fell 1.4 percent because of lower gasoline prices, but was offset by increases in food. The food index change was driven by increases in fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, eggs, and nonalcoholic beverages. Costs for virtually every other index also rose slightly, including medical care, shelter, recreation, apparel, new cars, household furnishings, tobacco, and personal care.


Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


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