US: CPI for all items increases 0.1% in December

"The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis," the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

Key highlights

Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

An increase of 0.4 percent in the shelter index accounted for almost 80 percent of the 1-month all items increase.

The energy index, which rose sharply in November, declined in December as the gasoline index decreased.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent in December, its largest increase since January 2017.

The all items index rose 2.1 percent for the 12 months ending December, compared to 2.2 percent for the 12 months ending November.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.8 percent over the last year; the 12-month change has now been either 1.7 or 1.8 percent for eight consecutive months.

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