US CPI Prints 0.3%, In Line With Expectations, Core Unchanged As Inflation And Deflation Offset Each Other
Overall a boring release, as the CPI print came in just as expected, with energy and gas contributing to the increase. Of course, with biflation now the topic du jour, where things needed are surging in price, and thing unneeded are plunging, it is only expected that the average won't change much. Overall, CPI came in at 0.3%, as expected, compared to 0.3% previously. Core CPI was at 0.0%, just below expectations of 0.1%... At least it was not outright deflation. Regardless, whatever the result would have been, it is bullish for the 4 people passing hot potatoes.
From the release:
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Before seasonal adjustment, the all items index increased 0.1 percent for the month.) Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.1 percent before seasonal adjustment. The energy index rose in August and, as in July, was the primary factor in the seasonally adjusted all items increase. All major energy components posted increases, with the gasoline index being the main factor. The food index, which declined in July, rose in August. The food at home index was unchanged while the index for food away from home increased. The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in August after increasing in each of the previous three months. This pattern mirrors the shelter index, which also was unchanged in August after rising in recent months. Posting increases in August were the indexes for medical care, used cars, and new vehicles, while the indexes for recreation and apparel declined.