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US inflation rises 0.2% in February, matching forecasts

March 13, 2018 1:12 PM
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US inflation rises 0.2% in February, matching forecasts

Mubasher: US inflation increased in February but at a slower pace than the previous month, matching analysts’ expectations.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) grew by 0.2% last month, in line with economists’ forecasts, compared with a 0.5% rise in January, seasonally-adjusted data by the US Bureau of Labour Statistics showed on Tuesday.

However, inflation rose 2.2% over the 12 months ended February, up from 2.1% in the 12 months ended January.

Meanwhile, core prices, which exclude the volatile components of food and energy, accelerated by a monthly rate of 0.2% in February, down from a 0.3% growth in the first month of 2018, while annual growth rate remained at 1.8%.

These data comes ahead of the Federal Reserve Bank’s monetary policy meeting due later in the month, in which policymakers could change their interest rate policy stance.


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