Consumer prices rise 3.1% in January, defying forecasts for a faster slowdown

By Alexandra Canal
Yahoo Finance
February 13, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

US consumer prices rose more than expected in January, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday morning. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.3% over the previous month and 3.1% over the prior year in January, slightly higher than December’s 0.2% month-over-month increase but a deceleration from December’s 3.4% annual gain. Both measures were higher compared to economist forecasts of a 0.2% month-over-month increase and a 2.9% annual increase, according to data from Bloomberg. On a “core” basis, which strips out the more volatile costs of food and gas, prices in January climbed 0.4% over the prior month and 3.9% over last year. Investors were closely watching the print for clues about when the Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates. After the data’s release, markets priced in a 94% chance the central bank will hold rates steady at its meeting next month, up from 84% on Monday.

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