US inflation annually rises 3.2% in February, monthly gains 0.4%

Index for shelter, gasoline contribute over 60% of monthly increase, says Labor Department

Consumer inflation in the US annually rose 3.2% in February, and monthly gained 0.4%, both coming in above market expectations, according to figures released Tuesday.

The consumer price index (CPI), which measures changes in the prices of goods and services from a consumer’s perspective, was expected to show an annual gain of 3.1% after rising 3.1% in January year-on-year.

The figure, however, is a sharp decline from 9.1% annual gain recorded in July 2022, which was the largest since November 1981.

The CPI rose 0.4% in February, compared to the previous month, while expectations for the figure was to show a gain of 0.3%.

The figure showed a monthly increase of 0.3% in January.

“The index for shelter rose in February, as did the index for gasoline. Combined, these two indexes contributed over sixty percent of the monthly increase in the index for all items,” the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a statement.

Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, gained 0.4% in February from the previous month, also coming higher than estimates of 0.3%, after rising 0.4% in January.

Annually, core CPI climbed 3.8% in February, also higher than expectation of 3.7%, following a 3.9% year-on-year gain in January.


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