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United States: Inflation stable in August

September 16, 2015

In August, consumer prices dropped 0.1% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, which contrasted the 0.1% increase seen in July and marked a seven-month high. The print fell short of market expectations of a flat reading and was mainly driven by lower prices for energy and vehicles.

Inflation came in at 0.2% in August, thus matching July’s result and remaining at the highest level in eight months. Core consumer prices, which exclude food and energy prices, increased 0.1% in August, which also matched the previous month’s reading. The figure matched met expectations. Annual average core inflation inched down from 0.6% in July to 0.5% in August, which marked the lowest reading since March 2010.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect inflation to average 1.3% in 2015, which is down 0.4 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2016, the panel expects inflation to average 2.2%.

Author:, Economist

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USA Inflation August 2015

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of seasonally-adjusted consumer price index in %.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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