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Consumer Price Index Continues to Rise

Consumer Price Index

Inflation is on the rise, we have to look back to the ’80.

Inflation continued its relentless surge in February, driving the rate of consumer price increases to a new generational high.

The new numbers include precious few signs of inflation abating —and mostly don’t reflect the impact of the Ukraine war on global commodity prices.

Why it matters: Wall Street forecasters and the Biden administration have been counting on inflation peaking early this year. The February numbers, combined with developments in the news, are more consistent with stubbornly high inflation.

By the numbers: The Consumer Price Index rose 0.8% in February, and was up 7.9% over a year earlier, the steepest 12-month rise since 1982.

Excluding volatile food and energy — so-called core inflation — the numbers were still high, at 0.5% for the month and 6.4% year-over-year.

Over the last three months, core inflation rose at a 6.8% annual rate while total inflation increased at an 8.4% rate. Those numbers point to an acceleration of inflation this winter, not a deceleration.

Inflation’s latest surge 3/10/2022 Neil Irwin Matt Phillips

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