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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-12 08:51 AM
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Consumer prices post first drop in six months
Edited on Fri Dec-14-12 08:55 AM by No Elephants




By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON | Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:14am EST

(Reuters) - Consumer prices fell in November for the first time in six months, pointing to muted inflation pressures that should allow the Federal Reserve to stay on its ultra-easy monetary policy path as it nurses the economy back to health.

The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index dropped 0.3 percent last month as a sharp decline in gasoline prices offset increases in other areas. It was also the largest drop since May and followed a 0.1 percent gain in October.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected consumer prices to fall 0.2 percent.

The so-called core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, edged up 0.1 percent after rising 0.2 percent in October. Although food prices rose 0.2 percent in a lagged response to the summer drought, price pressures remain tame.

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(Additional reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Andrea Ricci)



Much more at http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/14/us-usa-econom...


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