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Consumer Prices Increase by Most 31 Years

The Labor Department reported that the Inflation across a broad swath of products that Consumer buy every day was even worse than expected in October, hitting its highest point in more than 30 years.

The Consumer Price index, which is a basket of products ranging from gasoline and health care to groceries and rents, rose 6.2% from a year ago, the most since December 1990. Every month, the CPI increased 0.9% against the 0.6% estimate.

Consumer Prices Increase by Most 31 YearsStripping out volatile food and energy prices, the so-called core CPI was up 0.6% against the estimate of 0.4%. Annual core inflation ran at a 4.6% pace, compared with the 4% expectation and the highest since August 1991. Fuel oil prices soared 12.3% for the month, part of a 59.1% increase over the past year. Energy prices overall rose 4.8% in October and are up 30% for the 12 months.

Used vehicle prices again were a big contributor, rising 2.5% on the month and 26.4% for the year. New vehicle prices were up 1.4% and 9.8%, respectively. Food prices also showed a sizable bounce, up 0.9% and 5.3% respectively. Within the food category, meat, poultry, fish and eggs collectively rose 1.7% for the month and 11.9% year over year.

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