Feb. CPI Rises 0.4%; Core Rate Gains 0.3%

March 2005
Bond Buyer;3/24/2005, Vol. 351 Issue 32097, p2
Trade Publication
The article reports that driven by a renewed surge in energy prices, the seasonally adjusted index of consumer prices rose 0.4% in February, while the core rate, which excludes food and energy prices, rose 0.3% in the U.S. Before adjustment for inflation, all consumer prices were up 3.0% from February 2004, the U.S. Labor Department informed. The overall 0.4% increase in the consumer price index was boosted by a 2.0% rise in energy prices as well as an 0.8% rise in transportation costs and a 0.6% rise in medical care prices.


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