News Summary: Consumer prices up 0.5 percent

Posted at: 07/16/2013 12:05 PM
By The Associated Press

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CONSUMER INFLATION: Consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in June compared with May, the biggest jump since February. However, two-thirds of the increase represented a surge in gas prices.

CORE INFLATION: Excluding volatile energy and food, consumer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in June and are up just 1.6 percent over the past year, the smallest 12-month change in two years.

OUTLOOK: Consumer inflation has been tame this year. That gives the Federal Reserve room to continue efforts to stimulate the economy with low interest rates.

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