By the Numbers

CPI Details: Where the costs are rising


The Consumer Price Index was relatively flat last month, while the core CPI rate, excluding energy and food, rose 0.25%.  The consumer price index fell 0.6% in April from a year earlier, as a decline in food and energy prices brought consumer prices down.

Here is a breakdown of the inflation benchmark to show you where costs are rising most.  For April, the core CPI jumped 0.25%, the largest increase since June 2008.  A 2.38% drop in energy prices was led by a 2.8% fall in prices at the pump in April.

  • CPI:  Down -.02%
    • Ex Food & Energy: Up +.25%
    • Food: Down -.18%
    • Energy: Down -2.38%
  • Housing: Down -.07%
  • Apparel: Down -.17%
  • Transportation: Down -.38%
  • Medical Care: Up +.36%
  • Recreation: Up -.42%
  • Education & Communication: Up +.25%
  • Other Goods & Svcs: Up +2.56%

The change in the core shows that at least for now, inflation is not an issue.  The futures are pointing lower this morning after the S&P 500 rebounded yesterday from three days of consecutive losses.  In the pre-markets, Caterpillar , Chevron , American Express , Alcoa , and Citigroup are weighing on the Dow. 

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