U.S. Consumer price inflation, which has been unusually volatile over the past year, turned sharply negative in November. According to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the all-items CPI fell at an annual rate of 3.7 percent during the month of November. That was the most rapid rate of decrease since the worst months of recession in late 2008.
Much of the recent volatility in the CPI has come from the energy
sector, particularly gasoline. Consumer inflation spiked at the end of
the summer when gasoline prices rose 8.6 percent in August and 6.7
percent in September. Gas prices then fell by 0.5 percent in October and
by 6.9 percent in November. >>>Read More
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