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Consumer Prices Rise More Slowly in February, Suggesting Slowdown Trend for Inflation

An inflation gauge closely watched by the Federal Reserve slowed in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The personal consumption expenditures index rose 0.3% from January to February, down from a 0.6% increase from December to January, according to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

CNBC reported that Dow Jones had projected a 0.4% increase for February. On a year-over-year basis, prices rose 5%, slower than the 5.3% annual increase in January. 

Excluding volatile food and energy prices, core inflation rose 0.3% from January and 4.6% from a year earlier. Both represented slowdowns from the previous month.  

“The inflation trend looks promising for investors,” Jeffrey Roach, chief economist at LPL Financial, told CNBC. “Inflation will likely be below 4% by the end of the year, giving the Federal Reserve some leeway to cut rates by the end of the year if the economy falls into recession.” 


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