Inflation Eases As Consumer Prices Drop

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A sale sign is displayed on a rack of clothes at a store in Chicago, Monday, June 10, 2024. On Thursday, July 11, 2024, the Labor Department issues its report on inflation at the consumer level in June. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(AURN News) — In what may be a silver lining for the U.S. economy, the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a decline in inflation for June, marking a potential shift in the ongoing battle against rising prices. The CPI decreased by 0.1 percent in June, following no change in May. This downturn was largely driven by a 3.8 percent drop in gas prices. Other sectors seeing declines include electricity, new vehicles, used cars and trucks, and transportation services. While food prices saw a slight uptick from 0.1 percent in May to 0.2 percent in June, the report indicates decreases in fruit, vegetables, and bakery products.

President Joe Biden hailed the report as a sign of progress. “Overall prices fell last month, after staying flat in May, and core inflation is the lowest in more than three years,” Biden said in a statement. He attributed the positive trends to his economic plan, citing rising wages, job creation, and economic recovery in previously struggling communities. However, the President acknowledged ongoing challenges, stating, “Prices are still too high.” He called on corporations to lower prices and outlined his administration’s efforts to reduce costs in healthcare, energy, and other sectors.

The CPI summary is closely watched by economists and policymakers, including the Federal Reserve, as a key indicator of inflationary trends. Many analysts are now speculating on the timing of when we could see potential interest rate cuts in light of this week’s data.


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